Methods & Materials
About My Giclée Prints
Applied Art Projects
I was born into an artistic family, and learned watercolors from my mother. She adored nature and God and this took hold in me as a child. I loved birds in particular, which became the subjects of my first paintings.
Creation was all beauty and magic for me these first years. Later, I began to explore Eastern and Native American practices. I became inspired to paint the human form as energy in transition- to suggest an expanded awareness beyond the physical.
In both these realistic and abstract conceptions of nature and people, I hope to provoke the memory of the spiritual connection in ourselves and with the world.
Methods and materials
To develop my ideas, I use my imagination and memories, photo references, and sketching from nature . During this process, I work with various dry media, watercolor, and painting software.
My painting techniques involve careful planning and spontaneity- using layering and covering or partially removing figuration to promote the chance effect and generate unforeseen forms. As my primary painting medium, I prefer water-based acrylic for its expressive versatility and archival stability.
I also create other unique works by using my sketches, studies, and renderings as a starting point for pigment inkjet prints (Giclée).
Below: watercolor sketch for "Wind Dancer", then developed in Photoshop, and finally an in-progress view of an acrylic version.painting
About Giclée: limited edition archival pigment inkjet prints
A Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") is a very high quality archival pigment inkjet print made using a digital image, and printed on acid-free fine art paper or canvas in a limited edition of a pre-determined number of copies. Each print posesses a superior lightfastness, stability, and longevity comparable to that of a painting made with archival quality materials.
My prints are either close reproductions of my paintings, or are original digital art. I make them myself or work directly with a specialist on the larger images.
The prints on paper have a generous border for framing, and mounted prints are varnished, have custom colored edges, and are ready to hang. They are all hand-signed, numbered and dated, and include a detailed certificate.
I was born in 1957. I live and work at the Western Avenue Lofts, a thriving artist’s community in Lowell, Massachusetts. I’ve been developing and exhibiting my artwork since 1975. In addition to outside exhibits, I open my studio to the public every first Saturday of the month during open studios.
1980 Concord Public Library, Concord, Mass., one-person show
1988 Acton Arts League, Acton, Mass., annual juried group show
1992 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
1996 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
1999 Concord Art Association, Concord, Mass., annual juried group show
2005 Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Mass., group show
2008 Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Mass., group show
2011 Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Mass., “Essence” group show
2015 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2016 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2016 Sutra Studio, Lowell, Mass., solo exhibit of prints
2017 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2017 Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Mass., “The Space Between: reflecting an inner view of nature”, a 2-person show with the painter Lauren Middleton
2017 Lowell Telecommunications Corp., Lowell, Mass., “Energy Bodies in the Elements”, solo show
2018 First Saturday Open Studios, Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Mass.
2018 Gallery of the Boroughs, Northboro, Mass., "Perspectives", group show
2018 Fern’s Country Store, Carlisle, Mass., solo exhibit of prints
Applied art projects
Since 1980, I have worked continuously in various professional applied art capacities:
scenic artist for film and advertising photography, and industrial and art theater
murals, decorative finishes, and detail painting for interior and exterior locations in private residences and public spaces
floral and food illustrations for product packaging
Hillary Levin, "Energy Abounds in Person and on Canvas", Littleton Independent, March 10, 1988