As a deaf artist engaged in a life-long struggle to comprehend the world around me, I rely on gesture and body language to understand human emotions.

For over forty-five years I have been using figurative motion as a catalyst for making art. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Painting 1976) and moved to Central Ohio afterwards. With subconscious references to calligraphy and hieroglyphics, I try to direct the viewer away from literally interpreting what one sees toward a more internalized type of seeing. My mark-making process transforms simple gestural representations into an elusive search for clarity.

In my mixed media paintings (1999-2015), I used photos and text taken from various mass media sources to probe the world of the fashionable and powerful. I question society's seemingly insatiable appetite for images of fame, celebrity, and beauty while I ponder the mixed signals and chaos of consumer/visual culture.

My early works (1973-1998) emphasized figurative gesture drawing in response to specific individuals. I used the figures I saw like a writer taking notes and sawchanges in a person's gesture as signals of nonverbal communication. In my later paintings (post-1999), the gesture is a response to the human condition rather than direct, progressive studies of movement. The figures are iconic, grand hieroglyphs documenting the present state of the world seen through the eyes of American culture.

Sweeping and broad, my work the past twenty years recasted figurative gesture into a form resembling the marks of an abstract expressionist. Supporting an ambiguous narrative, the marks are not about personal bravado. They are a distillation of my reactions to the movements of others.

 

The human form is never still, but in a continuous state of movement. I think that how people move reveals a great deal about how they live.

Around 2010, I felt moved to do more realistic work using figures. Gesture was still my primary concern. I took many reference photographs and generally “composed” my primary reference from several different photos. I enjoyed working with posed figures and portraiture, especially with the 40+ paintings I did in the "Ophelia" series. It is another way to experience people “moving” through life.

I moved to Cleveland in 2020, and felt rejuvenated to return to abstraction. My upcoming show in September 2022 is titled "Body Language." I have utilized new processes to make work exploring the direct connections between dance movement and rock and roll. Even in my natural deafness, with the help of my hearing aid, I appreciate rock music and enjoy plumbing back into rock histories by using my lifetime hoard of Rolling Stone and other rock periodicals, referencing images that are part of the cultural landscape the past fifty+ years.

Education 

1976 Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Painting)

2006 The Ohio State University (MA, Art Education)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022

Suite 215, 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, OH

2019

Lancaster Festival, Lancaster, Ohio


2015

Wilkes Gallery, Ohio University-Lancaster, Lancaster, OH


2014

Ohio Arts Council, Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor's Residence, Bexley, OH
Garret Gallery, Lancaster, OH


2008

Lancaster Festival, Garret Gallery, Lancaster, OH

 

2005

Textillery Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Turkaly Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH


2004

Studio B, Columbus, OH


2002

Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH


2001

Wilkes Gallery, Ohio University-Lancaster, Lancaster, OH


2000

The Arts Castle, Delaware Arts Council, Delaware, OH
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH
Garret Gallery, Lancaster, OH


1999

Mt. Vernon Nazarene College Art Gallery, Mt. Vernon, OH
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA

1998

Lanning Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

1997

Northwood Gallery, Midland, Michigan

1996

Lanning Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

1995

Pump House Gallery, Chillicothe, Ohio
Metropolis Gallery, "Gesture and Identities," Seattle, Washington

1994

Lancaster Festival, "New Visions," Lancaster, Ohio

1993

Lancaster Festival, "Small Works," Lancaster, Ohio
Ohio State University, "Figures In Motion," Columbus, Ohio

1992

Garret Gallery, "Motion Pictures," Lancaster, Ohio
Lancaster Festival, "Playing Fields," Lancaster, Ohio

1975

Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

18th Annual Bryn Du Art Show, Granville, OH

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, OH

44th Annual Robert Thurmer Peoples Art Exhibition, Cleveland State University Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2021

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, “Models in Motion,” Encino, CA

Ohio Art League, Spring Juried Exhibition, Online Exhibition, Columbus, OH

2020

Valley Art Center, 49th Fall Exhibition, Chagrin Falls, OH


2019

Ohio Art League, Fall Exhibition, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
Ohio Art League, Spring Exhibition, Artspace, Denison University, Newark, OH


2018

Ohio Art League, Fall Exhibition, Shot Tower, Fort Hayes MEC, Columbus, OH


2017

Ohio University Art Gallery, “State of the Arts: Celebrating High School Art Educators,” Athens, OH
Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, OH


2016

Ohio University Art Gallery, “State of the Arts: Celebrating High School Art Educators,” Athens, OH
Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, OH


2015

Ohio University Art Gallery, “State of the Arts: Celebrating High School Art Educators,” Athens, OH


2013

Mason Muher Gallery, “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Finalist Exhibition,” Atlanta, GA


2012

Gallery M. Collections, Granville, OH


2010

Columbus Convention Center, "Art At The Arnold" Juried Competition, Columbus, OH
Gallery M. Collections, Granville, OH
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, OH


2009

Columbus Convention Center, "Art At The Arnold" Juried Competition, Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, "Remembering Russell" Juried Plein Air Competition, Columbus, OH


2008

Ohio Arts Council Online Visual Artist Registry Annual Juried Show, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH


2005

Studio at Gallery B, Lancaster, OH


2004

National Exhibition, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA


2003

Acme Art Company, Columbus, OH

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, OH

 

2002

National Exhibition, Center For The Visual Arts, Wausau, WI
Exit Art, "Reactions," New York, NY
Art and Clay Gallery, Lancaster, OH
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH


2001

Buckham Gallery, "Out of Line: Element and Essence," Flint, MI
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH
Art and Clay Gallery, Lancaster, OH
 

2000

Art and Clay Gallery, Lancaster, OH
Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH

1999

Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH

1998

Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH
Buckham Gallery, "Gesture/Pattern/Line," Flint, Michigan
Northwood Gallery, "Swimming Pools," Midland, Michigan

1997

Mesa Art Center, "Coming Home," Mesa, Arizona
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, New Jersey
Buckham Gallery, Regional Exhibition, "Genius Of Place," Flint, Michigan
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH

1996

Cincinnati Art On The Square, Cincinnati, OH
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH

1995

Yeiser Art Center, "Paducah '95," Paducah, Kentucky
Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, OH
Lanning Gallery, Columbus, OH
ARTLINK, "Painting '95," Fort Wayne, Indiana
Gallery V, Columbus, OH

1994

Huntington Museum of Art, "Works On Walls: 280," Huntington, West Virginia
Gallery V, Columbus, Ohio
Fall Exhibition For The Columbus Art League, Columbus, Ohio

1993

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois
Fort Hayes School For the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Ambrosia Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Galerie Especial, Columbus, Ohio

1992

Ambrosia Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Acme Art Co., Columbus, Ohio

1991

Roberta Kuhn Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio

1978

Columbus Museum of Art, "Columbus Art League May Show," Columbus, Ohio

1976

Columbus Museum of Art, "Columbus Art League May Show," Columbus, Ohio

1975

Newport Art Association, Newport, Rhode Island
Roger Williams College, "Southeastern New England Painting Festival," Bristol, Rhode Island