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grew up in Chicago and currently live on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. I earned my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and earned a post-graduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. I’m a member of the North Shore Art League and the Evanston Art Center.

 

Jewelry

I’m inspired to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces – the kind of decoration I’ve used throughout my life to add zest and interest to my appearance. I combine gemstones, chains, cords, and decorative emblems into unique designs that serve as both a compliment and counterpoint to my canvases.

I’ve created a line of jewelry that is elegant yet also pairs well with today’s informal lifestyle. Designs incorporating personally selected semi-precious stones with striking pendants and stylish clasps compliment both informal and formal fashion. These are one-of-a-kind pieces that both draw attention and bring pleasure to the wearer. Pieces can be paired with traditional and designer jewelry to create stunning ensembles.

I regularly attend the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where I select and purchase choice stones and other materials that help form my finished work.

Paintings

My interest in creating art developed more than twenty years ago. When I began drawing and painting I found inspiration in the subject matter that surrounded me – my family, home, and the events of our daily life. Fruits and vegetables in my kitchen became still life paintings. Old photographs, family vacations, holiday celebrations and my family’s ethnic heritage have inspired landscapes, portraits, and figures in a variety of settings.
Though predominately an oil painter, I continue to challenge myself by exploring new themes and styles in a variety of media. Recent paintings have moved from realism into abstraction, including a series of paintings inspired by The Book of Psalms. Turning to abstract painting allows me to explore the meditative, spiritual qualities of creating art.
In the past twenty years I’ve been mentored by some wonderful artists – Gay Riseborough, Judy Koon, and Ann Ponce. I currently paint with the Wilson Artists Group in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.