When I’m asked what I do I for a living I say, “I am an artist.”  It’s not what I do, it’s what I am. I’m a self-taught artist, the daughter of an architect who grew up playing with architectural templates, compasses, T-squares, triangles, French curves, mechanical pencils and an abundance of colored pencils as my first art supplies. I do not limit myself to one medium, style, or concept. My knowledge, inspirations and ideas have changed. Each piece I create is simultaneously an extension from the past and what I’ve learned, as well as a preview of the future. I’ve studied and worked in many mediums over the years but glass, whether stained, fused or blown, has become my newest passion and greatest challenge.  It challenges me in ways that other mediums do not; teaching me patience, delayed gratification and instilling upon me a sense of inner calm.  To know me is to understand that patience, delayed gratification and calm are polar opposites of my frenetic personality.

The beauty of stained glass is more than just the individual piece of art – it is the interplay of light through the glass. The color of an entire room can be changed by the light hitting the colored glass; emitting a colorful glow upon the walls, turning a room into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. If a viewer stops for just a moment to view and reflect on a piece I have created, then I have succeeded in evoking visions, feelings and thoughts in the audience in some way, big or small.

My work is influenced by, but not limited to, artists Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Victor Vasarely and the Color Field painters of the 40s/50s. It has been shown at the Three River Art Festival in Pittsburgh, PA and more recently at shows at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA.

In my earlier career I worked in political advertising, selling commercial time for television stations across the US, and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with minors in both Art and Psychology from Temple University.  I have also studied Information Science at Drexel University, Microbiology at Penn State and am a certified Horticultural Therapist. With a science, technology , social science and art background I have been teasingly called a Renassaince Woman; as they say, “If the shoe fits”…. You decide.

At age 45 I’ve come full circle to fulfill what feels like my destiny as an artist, creating beauty in the Universe regardless of the medium I’m working in.

The glass I love working with contains bubbles, wrinkles, and subtle textures and, by the nature of the handmade glass, “imperfections” which capture and scatter light.  While it is more expensive and difficult to work with, it notably adds to the uniqueness of my work. Each artwork is one of a kind. I’m currently working on a process to create fused glass pieces to incorporate in the stained glass panels as well.

I find that my most enjoyable, and consequently visually exciting pieces, come from a collaborative commission.  If you have a very definite idea of what you want I’m probably not the artist you’re looking for and I can refer you to several other wonderful artists, but if you like the idea of a working together to create something truly unique to be handed down through generations, then I’d love to hear from you.