Artist Statement and Resume

ARTISTS STATEMENT

        Some years ago I moved into the house my grandparents use to live in.  The garage and basement were still filled with some of their things.  It had been decades since either of them lived there, and in that time my mother had rented out the house to various people, but I was still able to find my grandparents possessions after all of those years.  

         It was a very special house for me. My first memories were from inside that house.  I remember when I was about 7 or 8 months  old my mother and I were visiting my grandmother.  We were in the living room and my grandmother left briefly and returned with a pink Pampers box full of toys.  I remember crawling in and emptying all of the toys out.   Years later, after my grandparents were gone, I remember playing with some of those same toys during a bath.  I must have been about 6 or 7, and I still clearly remember the same yellow duck and purple star from the Pampers box and the tub. How different, or even nonexistent would my memories be if those toys were thrown away when my grandmother died?

        Since moving into the house, I have discovered other treasures: rusty old objects that look like they have been used year after year, a wheel barrel in the back yard, and a handmade chain. How many stories do they hold?  

        Nowadays most objects are routinely used, abused, and discarded.  In today’s disposable society, where everything is old 5 minutes after you buy it, and the 3 R’s of reading, writing and arithmetic have been replaced with reduce, reuse and recycle, everything is used once and either thrown into a trash can or recycling bin.  Nothing is held onto and appreciated.  

       My newest paintings were made with a hope that people will begin to see the beauty in the everyday, mundane, old, and discarded.  Recycling is wonderful and while people should not stop recycling, they should also not only see once used items as trash, but as a memory of an experience or group of experiences.

          In my paintings, objects are presented either alone on a canvas or showing a magnification of a small corner of life.  In some there is a lone rusty bucket, or a dirty torn envelope, or the broken cap of a radiator.  In others a broken concrete floor littered with trash, or an old scratched and stained wood floor meeting crumbling concrete flooring and metal riveted to metal. 

       All of my paintings have one thing in common – the perspective:  a straight-on close-up view, either looking straight down, or out.  The objects are singular, seen head on, from a one-point perspective.  There is no far off background, no foreground, no multiple perspectives, angles, or horizon lines – nothing to distract you, the viewer, from the object.  The space around the object is bright and flat, in contrast with the rust, dirt, and grime on the object.  There is nowhere else to look and the viewer is forced to see what I want them to: the subject matter, and only the subject matter.

RESUME

EDUCATION
               2008-2010    Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MFA Degree in Fine Arts
               1997-2001    The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, BFA Degree in Fine Arts, with Honors
                                                                     
EXHIBITIONS, SHOWS, AUCTIONS, etc...
               Solo Shows
               2013            Utilitarian Hang-Ups, SCATV Art Gallery, Somerville
               2012            Nomad Windows Display, AIB MassAve Storefront Art Project, Nomad, Cambridge
               2011            Windows Art Project, Inside-Out Gallery, Somerville
               2007            Veggies on Display, The Biscuit, Somerville
                                  Fruit, the Robert Edward Salon, Newton
               2006            Fruit with a View, Wu Chon House, Somerville
               2005            New Paintings, Gallery Exhibit, Coldwell Banker, Cambridge
               2002            The Environments Hue, Stoneham Public Library Gallery, Stoneham
                                     
               Group Exhibitions, Shows, Auctions, etc...

               2016            Greetings From Somerville / Wish You Were Here, Inside-OUT Gallery, Somverville

​                                  ART Off The Wall Exhibition, The Brookline Arts Center, Brookline

​                                  MassArt Made Spring Sale, ​Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston

                                  Treasures from the Lost and Found, Zullo Gallery, Medfield

​                                  International Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe l'Oeil and Still Life, Peto Museum,  Island Heights, NJ

                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville

​                                  MassArt Made Holiday Sale, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston

                                  Off the Wall, The Umbrella Arts Gallery, Concord

               2015            Weather'd, Post Office Gallery, Truro

                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville

               2014            The Neighborhood Art Exhibition Program, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston

                                  Trompe L'oeil Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art / Portraits North Gallery, Lexington
                                  The Sibling Connections 10th Anniversary Celebration, The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville  

                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
               2013            Trompe L’oeil Exhibition, John F Peto Studio Museum, Island Heights, NJ - 2nd Place Finish
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  Silent Art Auction, Annual HRC Dinner and Auction, Boston
               2012            Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  Silent Art Auction, Annual HRC Dinner and Auction, Boston
                                  100 Prints Celebrating 100 Years, AIB Print Show, Boston
               2011            Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  30th Annual Silent Art Auction, HRC Dinner and Auction, Boston
                                  22nd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Paine and Bakalar Galleries, Boston
                                  Lights Up! Auction, Atelier Gallery, Stoneham
                                  Beards, Tid-Bits, Nudes, & Other Worlds, Patricia Doran Graduate Gallery, Boston
               2010            Silent Art Auction, Annual HRC Dinner and Auction, Boston
                                  Small Works Show, the Riverside Gallery, Cambridge
                                  Heavy Metal, The Gallery at the Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
                                  MassArt MFA Graduate Show, Hawthorne Gallery, Provincetown
                                  MassArt MFA Graduate Show, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown
                                  Still Life: Real to Surreal, Gallery Seven, Maynard
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  Silent Auction, Joy Street Studios, Somerville
                                  HOLY, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
               2009            Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  What Is BIG?, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville                        
                                  The Natural World, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Silent Auction, Joy Street Studios, Somerville
                                  Armory ART Start!, Arts at the Armory, Somerville
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
               2008            Silent Auction, Joy Street Studios, Somerville
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Fire, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
               2007            Mindscapes, Mass General Hospital, Intercontinental Hotel, Boston
                                  Silent Auction, Joy Street Studios, Somerville
                                  Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Silent Art Auction, Annual HRC Diner and Auction, Boston
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  Inner Life, 1581 Gallery, Brookline
               2006            The December Store, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  CNP,  Pompidou Center, Paris, France
                                  Passage of Time, ArtBar, Boston
                                  Silent Art Auction, 25th Annual HRC Diner and Auction, Boston
                                  Present Tense, ArtSPACE@16 Gallery, Malden
                                  A Thousand Words, 1581 Gallery, Brookline
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
               2005            Midland Arts Association Spring Show, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
                                  What Is BIG?, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
                                  Museum Show, Somerville Museum, Somerville
                                  The December Store, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
               2004            Blue Ribbon Show, Cohasset Art Gallery, Cohasset
                                  Directory Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
               2001            The Boston Printmakers North American Student Print Exhibition, 800 Gallery, Boston
                                  Edible Art 2001, Silent Auction, Shreve, Crump & Low, Boston
                                  Recent Works, 601 Newbury St. Gallery, Boston
                                  Graduate Exhibition 2001, 700 Gallery, Boston
               2000            Paintings, 601 Newbury St. Gallery, Boston
               1999            The Picture of Aging, Central Boston Elder Services, Veronique at Longwood Towers, Boston
                                  ARTnite, an Auction of Fine Art and Photography, 700 Gallery, Boston
               1998            The Boston Printmakers North American Student Print Exhibition, 800 Gallery, Boston
                                
TV INTERVIEWS, NEWSPAPER REVIEWS, ONLINE PUBLICATIONS, AND NEWSLETTERS
               2013            Somerville Community Access Television, Channel 3, Somerville, MA
               2010            Art New England, September/October issue
                                  ArtScope magazine, September/October issue
               2009            Exhibitions, Art New England, December 2009/January 2010 issue
                                  Holiday Wish List, Harvard Magazine, November/December Holiday Wish List, October 25, 2009 publication
                                  Member News, Wickford Art Association Holiday Newsletter, 2009
                                  Bringing Art to Life, The Art Connection, No. 23, Fall/Winter issue
                                  See “The Natural World” at Brickbottom, The Somerville Journal, March 22, 2009 issue
               2008            Cape Cod Children’s Place Family Newsletter, July/August 2008 issue
                                  Brickbottom Open Studios Turns 21, by Julia Fairclough, Somerville News, November 19, 2008 publication
               2006-2007    The Baguette: Brickbottom Artists Association Newsletter, Multiple Issues
               2005            In a Group Show, Artists Embrace A Faux Naive Style, by Cate McQuaid, the Boston Globe,  July 29, 2005 publication

ASSOCIATIONS, JOBS, AND ART POSITIONS
               2010-present   Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media Instructor, Acton Art Drawing School, Acton
               2005-present   Joy Street Artists Open Studios Coordinator, Somerville

               2007-2012    Drawing and Painting Instructor, Joy Street Studios, Somerville
               2010-2011    Drawing Instructor, South Shore Art Center, Hingham
               2006-2011    Board of Directors, Brickbottom Artists Association, Somerville
               2004-2011    Member, Brickbottom Artists Association, Somerville
               2007-2010    Gallery (2007-08) and Website Manager, Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative, Cambridge
               2009            Mythological Renderings Group Show Organizer, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville
               2007            Art+Schools Project, Prospect Hill Academy, Somerville
               2006            ARTaspire, Assistant Art Teacher, the Angelo School, Brockton
               2003-2004    Member, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset
                                                  
  ARTWORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
               The Boston Public Library
               Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

               Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
               Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
               Massasoit Community College
               Newton Housing Authority
               Nonprofit Finance Fund
               North Suffolk Mental Health Association

               Roxbury Community College
               University of Massachusetts, Boston