Bio and Artist Statement

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I’m a mixed media maker and jack of all trades because a highly diverse set of skills is required of a high school art teacher.     I’ve always jumped around from printmaking to collage, from paint to sculpture. There’s always always a story behind everything I make.

As a rabid collector of techniques, papers, small objects, clothing, and cast offs, my work often begins with a small scrap that suggests something specific, or a story that is searching for the right material to be told.   Early on, I used flattened dry frogs found along the streets of Hawaii to tell the story of my divorce.  My current work features constructed wood sculptures and small collages with contemporary narratives. 

 Teaching art has been an ideal career offering freedom to design and construct my own curriculum and share my passion.  Every class and student is different, offering new creative and expressive challenges.  Helping students explore various media and find personal voice is my pure joy.

I’m a Denver native who grew up in the only white Jewish family in an all Black neighborhood. Life was was complicated, but art helped me make sense of it all.  My dad, is my major artistic influence. He was a plumber who made odd sculptures and home decor while ruling a roost of five women. My four sisters formed the foundational rock that remains the base of my life.  As an adult, I’ve lived in culturally diverse destinations–California, rural Alabama, Miami, Western North Carolina, New Orleans, and Hawaii– and all have impacted my art and life.  I returned to Denver at age 50, heading the Visual Arts Department at Denver School of the Arts for fifteen years.   Now retired from a 35-year teaching career, I am concentrating on my own art making.

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