Bio and Artist Statement

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I’m a Denver native. Growing up in the only white Jewish family in an all Black neighborhood made childhood complicated–art helped 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 influence.  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 everyplace has 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 concentrate on teaching adults at the Art Students League of Denver and my own art making.

There’s a story behind everything I create. I’m an obsessed maker who can’t stick to one art media. A highly diverse set of skills was required in my career as a high school art teacher and I’ve always jumped around in my art making–printmaking to collage, paint to sculpture and back again!

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.    Years ago I used flattened dry frogs found along the streets of Kauai 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 creates joy in me.

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