Bio and Artist Statement

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Growing up in Northeast Denver as the only white Jewish family in an all Black neighborhood was complicated, but art helped me form an identity that  made sense of it all.  My dad, a major artistic influence, was a plumber who made odd sculptures and home decor while ruling a roost of five women. My mom and sisters form the foundational rock that remains the base of my life.  As an adult, I’ve lived in unique cultural destinations–California, rural Alabama, Miami, North Carolina, New Orleans, and Hawaii–all impacting my art and life.  I returned to Denver at age 50 to head the Visual Arts Department at Denver School of the Arts.   Now retired from a 35 year teaching career, I am teaching adults, traveling, and focusing on my own art.

I’m a mixed media maker and jack of all trades.  As a collector of techniques, papers, small objects, clothing, and cast offs my art may begin with a material that suggests a story, or a story that is searching for the right material to be told.  My first professional art work was inspired by flattened, dry frogs I found along the streets of my neighborhood on Kauai which I used to tell the story of a traumatic divorce.    I gravitate toward strong stories in film, books, and art and I seek to construct new narratives from materials and objects I find.  As a high school art teacher, I’ve had to be well versed in a variety of media and will jump around from printmaking to collage to paint to sculpture.  Currently I am constructing wood sculptures and obsessively creating small collages from contemporary fashion and decorating magazines.  

Teaching art has been my ideal career offering freedom to design and construct my own curriculum and share my passion.  Every day and every school year was different offering new creative and expressive challenges.  Helping students explore various media and find their personal voice is pure joy.