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I was born and raised in NYC, on the island of Manhattan. I went to grade school on the upper west side. I attended Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx and College at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. And even though I left "the city" behind decades ago, you can, on occasions, still here it in my voice.
From childhood I have had a passion for "creating". And so after graduating from Fordham, I began a career as a Theatrical Costume Designer. I spent 25 fulfilling and successful years in the "business", designing costumes for a wide range of theatres (ie ..Counterpoint Thr. in NYC, Delaware Thr. Co. in Wilmington), universities (ie ...Fordham University, Creighton University), and amusement parks (ie ..Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA) throughout the United States. I even owned and operated my own costume company for about 5 years. One of our biggest clients was Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.
In 1995, with 2 daughters about to enter adolescence, a safe and secure environment was sought. We packed up everything, including the 2 cats and a dog in our South Florida home and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. We've been here ever since.
In 2003, I retired from Costume Designing. I had come to the realization that the core of my creative passion lay in painting. And I wanted to be able to devote more time to it. With my then, recent marriage to and support of, a wonderful man, we created my first dedicated (and beautiful) studio space. It's been a wonderful place in which to channel my creative energy into my art.
My inspiration for my art comes from many places: my own journey through life; the awe-inspiring beauty of nature; my personal spirituality; suggestions from family and friends; my sense of humor etc..... Some artists that have had an influence on my style and genre, and those that I admire most, are: Norman Rockwell, Alphonse Mucha, Adolphe Bouguereau, Maxfield Parrish, J.W. Waterhouse and John Singer Sargent to name a few.
When I'm not painting or sketching, I do have a hobby or two. The biggest of which is riding my motorcycle with my husband and our biker friends. Yep, I ride my own bike. Can you tell that I like the color Purple? It's wonderful to be out on the open road with no particular place to go. Just the sun and the wind and the road.
In conclusion, I hope that my work can bring to all of you some of the joy that it has imparted to me over my lifetime. And if it should, by some chance, help you along in your life's journey, then I am most honored and pleased.