My Simple Little Bio and Even Simpler Philosophy

Spending my toddler to teenage years being reared in orphanages served as the nexus for a lifelong artistic practice. It's how I managed to exercise some semblance of control over my life, if only for a little while. When I wasn’t making art, I was helping others make art. As an early teen, one of my first jobs was clerking at an art supply and frame shop. I also had a yearly summer job teaching arts and crafts to the guests at a NJ School for the Blind and worked on art projects with seniors at a local convalescence facility. As an adult, my works have been exhibited in the Salmagundi Club and a number of other galleries in NYC and surrounding metropolitan area, while several of my commissioned pieces went to private and corporate collections across the country.
My first twenty-two years of life were deeply challenging. I was abandoned, abused, homeless... But it's all good, now. All of that informs my creative process to this day. Struggle is strengthening and for expressive spirits, it can also be creatively enlightening. I worked in the film industry as a stunt woman, a producer's assistant, a stunt department coordinator, art department/production design coordinator/liaison, post production... on and on. It was not really my thing but through all of it I felt compelled to just make art! I got married and became a mom and kept making art; I finally went to college in my late forties and earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in human development, psychology and transformative arts. AND KEPT MAKING ART! 
My Master’s thesis, “The Border Doe Project” included a sculptural works component which was featured in the Smithsonian Institute's Museums on Main Street exhibition, and in a collaborative border stories exhibition called El Otro Lado, by invitation from the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs. My waterfowl paintings have been included in the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp program’s national traveling exhibit of top ten entries. I've illustrated a book on the Leni Lenape, an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands, and was commissioned to illustrate natural science children’s books written by acclaimed naturalist/photographer/author/ lecturer Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III.
And now I'm widowed and my only child has struck out on his own so I'm on my own once again. And, I’m STILL making art! I've dug out my paints and brushes, reinvigorating my art practice in my home studio here in southeast Arizona. I’m a proud member of the Portrait Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. My primary art-making focuses on animals and portrait work. I do consider commissions on a limited basis each year so I welcome your inquiries, comments, and questions. 
Oh - and as for my simple life and art philosophy, it's this: Do the best you can, from where you are, with what you've got.
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