Creating art is such a personal endeavor, requiring determination and perseverance to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. It's a truly self driven career. In many ways, it is a way of life. At least for me, in 1988, I chose to move to New York City. I was in my late 20's. I had maybe one or two friends here and about $3000. It was a very scary time for me. Coming from Southern California, basically a beach girl, graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. New York was an incredibly exciting foreign land. For 3 months, every day, I traveled by metro north from Greenwich, Connecticut into Manhattan to show my portfolio, hoping for freelance work. It was grueling. Running out of money very quickly, small jobs here and there. A College friend was heading off to vacation, and she worked for Ralph Lauren as a sketch artist/designer. I was hired to cover her vacation. My first real break, from that point on life clicked!
Using a broad range of materials, such as, watercolors, watercolor sticks, oils, egg tempra, oil sticks, oil pastels, Nu-pastels, carbon, fabric, plaster, clay, wire, wood, paper mâché and photography as my tools of expression. I draw and paint on fabric, raw canvas, stretched canvas, watercolor paper and Oleo paper, sculpt and carve on and with paper, clay, stone and wood. The art I create is usually figurative or landscapes. It can be somewhat realistic or sometimes abstract and simplified. I classify myself as an Expressionist.
A featured Artist at the Ad Art Show 2020 at the Oculus at Westfield in the World Trade Center, New York City, the month of September, 2020 and in the Gallery online at Artsy.net.
Very excited to announce my recent inclusion in the Swann Galleries Auction House in New York City. These were pieces I illustrated for Polo Ralph Lauren Stadium Collections in the 1990's. There will be future Auctions that will include logos and original wildlife illustrations from various Polo Ralph Lauren Collections.
Education+Exhibitions+Honors+Galleries Art Center College of Design, Illustration+Graphic Design, Pasadena, CA The Art Students League, New York, NY., Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ., Open Studio, Cranford, NJ Commercial Illustrator and Designer/Logos Awards 2018 Certificate of Excellence, Shelter 2018 Exhibition 2017 Eve Helman Memorial Award works on paper, for "Lingering SoRo Sweetness", New York, NY 2015 First Place, Cranford Plein Air Quick Draw, for "RR Underpass", Watercolor, 2014 The Gretchen Richardson Memorial Sculpture Award, for " Woman in Gauze Dress", New York, NY Solo Exhibitions 2019 The Divine Inspiration of the Hawaiian Islands, Simply Art & Framing, Cranford, NJ 2017 Dreyer Farms Art Show, Dreyer Farms, Cranford, NJ Group Exhibitions 2022 Then & Now, NAWA Juried Exhibit, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ 2020 Ad Art Show 2020, Oculus at the Westfield in the World Trade Center, New York, NY 2019 Annual Taste & See, Simply Art & Framing, Cranford, NJ 2019 130th Anniversary Annual Members' Exhibition, Juried Exhibit, One Art Space, Tribeca, NY 2018 Shelter 2018, Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY 2017 Art Angels, NAWA Gallery, New York, NY 2017 Women Artists, Coast to Coast-East, Juried Exhibit, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY 2017 128th Annual Members' Exhibition, Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY 2016 127th Annual Members' Exhibition, Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY 2015 126th Annual Members' Exhibition, Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY 2015 Portraits, Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ 2014 Who'sYourMama, Visions of Our Mentors, Juried Exhibit, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ 2014 NAWA Thank You Volunteers, Special Exhibition, New York, NY 2013 Artists' in Bloom, The Artist Framer & Floraphile Garden Club of Cranford, NJ 2013 Ev(E)volition 3, NY Public Library, Riverside Branch, New York, NY 2012 NAWA Gallery, New York, NY 2012 Annual Members' Exhibition, Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY 2012 Cranford Plein Air Event, Cranford, NJ 2011 Cranford Paint the Town Plein Air Event, Cranford, NJ 2011 Cedars-Sinai Cancer Fundraiser, Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA 2011 The National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY 2010 Cranford Junior Women's League Home Tour Show, Cranford, NJ 2008 La Flor Fine Art, Cranford, NJ Art Affiliations The National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY The American Watercolor Society Honors 2012 Juried Induction•The National Association of Women Artists, Inc., The Rubin Museum of Art, NY 2019 Accepted work to Swann Galleries Auction House • Sold Galleries 2020- Artsy.net 2019- SaatchiArt.com 2015-2020 Simply Art & Framing, Cranford, NJ. SimplyArtandFraming.com 2009-2012 The Artist Framer, Cranford, NJ 2008 La Flor Fine Art, Cranford, NJ