About

I live and create art in New Orleans. Artist variety is crucial to my joy and creativity which means that I utilize several distinct media: paint; pen and ink; mixed media; digital art. 

I paint outdoor commissioned murals on utility boxes throughout the city of New Orleans. These boxes are controlled by local neighborhood associations who request specific subject matter. My murals include musician portraits (Irma Thomas, Fats Domino, Robin Barnes), New Orleans icons (Mardi Gras beads), musical instruments, local scenes, and Tulane and LSU logos.
I use pen and pigmented ink to create detailed images on use tiny, 3-dimensional canvases (the blank side of white dominoes). I then combine from one to nearly two thousand of these finished tiles onto canvas board, in from one to seven layers. Some pieces I embellish with acrylic, polymer clay, and/or other objects. Pieces have two themes: faces w/exaggerated expressions and Louisiana icons/images. Faces are influenced by my background in psychology (a PhD in sensory psychology) and my appreciation of the limitless number of facial expressions. 

I use digital art software to create images and animations. I frequently use Blender software to create original 3-dimensional figures, objects, and environments. Once created, I can move my “camera” anywhere within my scene to create a jpeg of that scene. In addition, I create animations of these scenes. 

Regardless of the medium, my goal is to create unique, whimsical, joyful, 3-dimensional pieces that are hard to look away from. I enjoy the process —and challenge—of working with clients to create specific commissioned pieces that result in a piece that is just what they wanted/imagined.


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EDUCATION

1992     Psychology, University of NH, PhD 
1983     Psychology, University of NH, BA
               Fine Art,  Syracuse University 
               Fine Art, University of Miami 

GALLERIES 
2011-2021      BEE Gallery, New Orleans, LA 
2010-2011      Blackett-Peck Gallery, New Orleans, LA 
2008-2009      Steve Martin Concept Studio, New Orleans, 

NOLA PUBLIC ART 
2020      Robin Barnes portrait utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2018      Irma Thomas portrait utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2018      Fats Domino portrait utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2017      LSU logo Medical Ctr.utility box. New Orleans, LA 
2016      Musical theme utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2016      Charlie Tubre portrait utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2015      Musical theme utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2015      Tulane Green Wave utility box, New Orleans, LA 
2010      “Shotgun Harmony,” Harmony Oaks Community                                    Room, New Orleans, LA 

ART FESTIVALS
2017               JazzFest, New Orleans, LA
2013               Festival International, Lafayette, LA 
2009-2013   Three Rivers Festival, Covington LA 
2009-2016   French Quarter Fest Art Show, New Orleans, LA 
2009               Festival Acadiens, Lafayette, LA

EXHIBITS 
2013     Small works-big talent, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach,                         CA 
2010     Femme Fest, Jazz & Heritage Gallery, New Orleans,LA 
2009     12”x12”x122”, BECA Gallery, 12, New Orleans, LA 
2009     Facing Forward, Community Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA 
2009     Art Melt, Brunner Gallery, Lafayette, LA 

AWARDS 
2014      Honorable Mention, French Quarter Fest Art Show, New                            Orleans, LA 
2013      Award of Merit, FestForAll Art Show, Baton Rouge, LA  
2011      Ist Place, French Quarter Fest Art Show, New Orleans, LA 2009      Honorable Mention, French Quarter Fest Art Show, New                            Orleans, LA 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 
              Arts Council of New Orleans 
              Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans 
              Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators