Until recently, my work has consisted primarily of painting and collage, inspired by the visible signs of decay and change in the urban built environment. For over five years I have used vintage paper from sheet music covers to construct architecturally-based collages. In early 2014, I moved my studio to a large space in a renovated industrial building (the former Wrigley’s chewing gum factory in Santa Cruz), which initiated a shift in media and thematic emphasis. My latest work consists of photographs taken on the building premises, as well as mixed-media pieces using cardboard, brown paper, and other materials that I’ve collected on-site. On warm days the freight elevator still smells like Juicy Fruit.
**Additional new work will be on view October 7 – November 7, 2014, at the Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery in a 2-person show entitled “Out of the Ordinary.”
After receiving my BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I spent several years in Barcelona, Spain, painting and teaching English. I returned to the U.S. in 1991 and lived mostly in the Boston area before moving to Santa Cruz in 2002.