About Me

My love of nature runs deep.

As a child, Mother Nature was my closest friend, teacher and constant source of inspiration. Growing up in rural New Jersey, I was always outside exploring and studying the natural world around me. I foraged and collected natural treasures along the way, painted with mud and berries, made moss gardens, and built child-sized bird nests in trees so I could perch in them.  

 

Being alone in nature is where I find peace. It is where I return to time and time again, to heal, recharge and remember who I am. As humans live in our human-made world, many of us have become disconnected from nature. My new collection of assemblage art explores my life-long connection with the natural world, and is a reminder that all humans are part of nature, no matter how hard they try to control or separate themselves from it.

After earning my Bachelors of Creative Arts degree, I was lucky enough to find a string of jobs where I could play with Photoshop all day long. A second Bachelors degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences influenced me in profound ways, changing my artistic focus almost entirely to "nature-based" work.  I became a horticulture technician and learned the language of plants before returning the the world of commercial photography.

To stay environmentally active, I volunteered as a certified Catawba Riverkeeper water watcher, and a stream monitor with Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. I also volunteered at the Redlair Preserve in Gaston County as an ecological research assistant for a wetland plant survival study, and maintained a polyculture aquaponics system developed by 100 Gardens.

 

In the late 90's, I became a founding member and organizer of an award winning art event series in Charlotte called Vision Explosion. Each of the nine shows combined installation work, performance art, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. In 2018, I became a founding member of Conversations With Nature, an art collective showcasing art that embraces and explores the mysteries of our natural world.

For over 20 years I have been actively working in animal rescue, partnering with Charlotte city officials to educate and assist the community on the humane management of feral cat colonies using TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return). Over the years my home has become a sanctuary for feral cats, most of them with special needs.  Although I love all of earth's creatures, there will always be a special place in my heart for cats.

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Education

UNC Charlotte - BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences  

UNC Charlotte - Bachelor of Creative Arts

Schule für Gestaltung VorKurse, Basel (Basel School of Design) - Basel, Switzerland

 

Group Exhibitions

2022 Fall Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2022 Conversations with Nature: Unearthed, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte NC

2022 HEARTS Circle, August Event - Napoleon's Ney? at Cedar Grove, Huntersville NC

2022 HEARTS Circle, July Event - Healing History at Cedar Grove, Huntersville NC

2022 HEARTS Circle, June Event - Junion at Cedar Grove, Huntersville NC

2022 HEARTS Circle, May Event - Wildflowers and Bluegrass at Cedar Grove, Huntersville NC

2022 Spring Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2021 Fall Art Crawl, Downtown Statesville NC

2021  ArtFields Art Festival, Lake City SC

2020 Davidson Fall Art Festival, Davidson NC

2020 Sculpture in the Garden Juried Exhibition, North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC Chapel Hill NC

2020 ArtFields Art Festival, Lake City SC

2020 Conversations with Nature: Hallowed Ground, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte NC

2020 Spring Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2019 Fall Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2019 Peach Pie: Curated group exhibition of women of the South, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte NC

2019 Conversations with Nature: A Multi-Sensory Event, C3 Lab, Charlotte NC

2018 Dish, Charlotte NC

2018 Spotlight: Inaugural Alumni and Student Art Exhibit, C3 Lab, Charlotte NC

2018 Spring Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2017 Fall Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2017 Spring Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2016 Dada Soiree: An Absurd Art Show, C3 Lab, Charlotte NC

2016 Cherry Pie: Feminist Art Show, Union Shop Studios, Charlotte NC

2015 Fall Free For All, Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte NC

2013 Nostos - UNCC Student Union Gallery Exhibition, Charlotte NC

1999 Vision Explosion 9, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1999 Vision Explosion 8, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1998 Vision Explosion 7, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1998 Vision Explosion 6, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1998 Vision Explosion 5, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1997 Vision Explosion 4, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1997 Vision Explosion 3, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1996 Vision Explosion 2, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1996 Vision Explosion 1, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

 

Benefit Contributions

2018 Carolina Tiger Rescue 11th Annual Art Auction, Pittsboro NC

2017 Carolina Tiger Rescue 10th Annual Art Auction, Pittsboro NC

2016 Arts Alive, Art Auction for Pioneer Springs Community School

2015 Arts Alive, Art Auction for Pioneer Springs Community School

2014 Arts Alive, Art Auction for Pioneer Springs Community School

2013 Arts Alive, Art Auction for Pioneer Springs Community School

2007 Art With Heart, Art Auction for United Family Services, Charlotte NC

 

Art Events (Organized & Curated)

2022 Conversations with Nature: Unearthed, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte NC

2020 Conversations with Nature: Hallowed Ground, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte NC

2019 Conversations with Nature: A Multi-sensory Event, Charlotte NC

1999 Vision Explosion 9, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1999 Vision Explosion 8, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1998 Vision Explosion 7, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1998 Vision Explosion 6, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1997 Vision Explosion 5, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1997 Vision Explosion 4, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1996 Vision Explosion 3, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1996 Vision Explosion 2, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC

1995 Vision Explosion 1, Soul Glasses Productions, Charlotte NC