Bio and Artist Statement

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There’s a story behind everything I make. I’m a mixed media artist–a jack of all trades. A highly diverse set of skills was required of me as a high school art teacher.     I’ve always jumped around from printmaking to collage, from paint to sculpture.

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.    I used flattened dry frogs found along the streets of Hawaii to tell the story of my divorce.  Current work features constructed wood sculptures, paintings, and collages with contemporary narratives. 

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

I’m a Denver native. Growing up in the only white Jewish family in an all Black neighborhood made life complicated, but art helped me make sense of it.  My dad, a plumber who made odd sculptures and home decor while ruling a roost of five women, was a major artistic inspiration.  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 everything impacts 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 concentrate on teaching adults at the Art Students League of Denver and my own art making.

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