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Biography

I am a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, where I studied in New York, Paris, and Tuscany. As a student of both fine arts and illustration I gained a thorough understanding of color, form, and design. Prior to attending Parsons, I had various positions in design studios and corporate marketing departments. My roles included art director, senior designer, brand manager, and creative services manager. A strong sense of design aids me in creating strong compositions in my paintings. Upon graduating from Parsons I embarked on a Master of Arts in Painting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. I exhibited in two very sucessful shows during my studies and was awarded second place at the Montclair University bi-annual Westbeth exhibition. This show included works of both students and alumni. My senior thesis presented eight of my paintings along with the works of four of my talented peers. In my final year I was awarded first place in the "Liquitex Excellence in Arts" competition. This competition was open to graduate students from the United States, Mexico and Great Britain. It was exhibited in New York City at the American Council of the Arts, and the painting is held in the Binney and Smith corporate collection. Upon completing my fine art degree I continued on for a Masters in Corporate Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy in New Jersey. My thesis on logo and brand identity was the core of my studies and well received.

 

I have been a member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) since 2004. In 2019 I joined the NAWA South Carolina chapter where I serve on the board as Treasurer. Founded in 1898, NAWA is the oldest professional women's fine art organization in the United States. Below is a list of my education history, awards, and collections. See the Exhibitions section for a full listing of upcoming and previous showings.

Education and Affiliations

2003 MA in Corporate Communications • Fairleigh Dickinson University • Madison, New Jersey
1995 MA in Fine Arts • Montclair State University • Montclair, New Jersey
1990 BFA in Illustration, with Honors • Parsons School of Design • New York, New York

Member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) since 2004.

Member of the National Association of Women Artists, South Carolina Chapter since 2019. Currently serving on the board as Treasurer.

Member of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild since 2020.

Member of the Art League of Hilton Head since 2020.

Former member of the Lancaster County Art Association in Pennsylvania, and the New Art Group, Watchung, NJ.

 

Awards and Collections

My paintings are held in several private collections. I have received numerous painting awards for juried competitions throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These awards often afforded me one person exhibitions. Some of my awards are highlighted below.

2021 National Association of Women Artists, South Carolina Chapter - Treasures of Our Coastal State Exhibition - Awarded third place overall.
2010 Lancaster Art Association Members Show - Awarded third place overall.
2010 National Association of Women Artists Annual Members Exhibition - Recipient of the Miriam E. Halphern Memorial Award for works on canvas.
2009 National Association of Women Artists Annual Members Exhibition - Recipient of the National Association of Women Artists Medal of Honor and Anna Walinska Memorial Award for works on canvas.
2008 National Association of Women Artists Annual Members Exhibition - Recipient of the Virginia Stuckey Memorial Award.
2007 ational Association of Women Artists Annual Members Exhibition - Recipient of the Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award.
1995 First place purchase grant, in painting, from Binney and Smith Corporation. Painting is held in their permanent collection.
1995 Westbeth Award for Montclair State University student and alumni competition. Awarded second place overall.