I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1967, but having spent about 22 years of my life off and on in the northeast, I’m something of a Bostonian at heart. I moved to Encinitas from Boston in 2003 and since then have met Xavier, my husband, and we have made two beautiful babies together - Hugo, who is nine, and Esmé, who is seven.
I have done art in one form or another forever. As a kid I believed I would be a fashion designer and filled endless pages with drawings of shoes and dresses and the like. After high school, I studied fashion design for a year at the University of Cincinnati, but within just a year my mind was already on another track and I took time off to figure out just what that track was. I finally returned to college eight years later, this time studying photography. I received a B.F.A., graduating with honors, from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts in 1999.
My work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States, including WorkSpace in New York City, The Copley Society of Art, The Photographic Resource Center and Forest Hills Trust in Boston, Massachusetts, Eric Phleger Gallery, the San Diego Art Institute and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Torrance Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. My work is also included in the esteemed Allan Chasanoff Bookworks Collection in New York City, and is referenced in the book A Companion to Herman Melville edited by Wyn Kelley, in the chapter entitled “Creating Icons: Melville in Visual Media and Popular Culture’, written by Elizabeth Schultz, as well as a book entitled ‘Four-Word Self-Help by Patti Digh. My work is on permanent display at Texas A&M University and the Hilton West Palm Beach Hotel.
I’ve received a number of awards and honors, including a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire (otherwise known as heaven), juror’s awards in numerous group exhibitions, a travel grant from the Massachusetts College of Art to create work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and publication in the fall 2008 issue of Studio Visit Magazine, an ‘exhibition in print’ from the Open Studios Press (publishers of New American Paintings). It was also just featured on the Jealous Curator blog!