I was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. I spent my career as a civilian in the Suffolk County Police Department. During those years I took art lessons and joined workshops learning the techniques of oils, watercolors and acrylics.
One teacher, Rafael DeSoto, especially influenced me. He taught until his death at 88 years old and I was fortunate to be in a small group working with him until that time. I have always enjoyed painting in realism and have been inspired by nature, architectural designs and my many travels. I have painted castle of Europe, a thatched cottage from Ireland, and a windmill from Holland.
I enjoy painting still lifes, florals, landscapes and seascapes. I have designed and painted murals and a life-sized diorama for my department’s Police Museum.
While living on Long Island I belonged to the Wet Paints Studio Group and participated in their exhibits and shows and had paintings displayed in colleges, libraries and banks.
I remember my feelings after selling my first painting as a mix of happiness and sadness. Sadness because I was losing a part of myself yet pride in knowing someone loved my work enough to hang it in his or her home.
Most Tuesdays I can be found at Sunset River Marketplace painting with the Studio 12 group. I currently live in Little River with my husband Cliff who is my biggest fan.