I grew up in Mobile, Alabama. In my early twenties I moved to New York City. In 1977 I completed my BA in English at the City University of NY, Lehman College. I trained and worked in rare book conservation at the NY Botanical Gardens and at the NY Public Library. I also studied book art. I learned traditional leather binding and decoration, and also forms of sculptural painted paper works.
Later I moved to Provo UT to become a rare book conservator for the Harold B Lee Library at Brigham Young University, a position I held for 20 years. For six of these years I also taught book arts at the University of Utah.
In 2014 I earned a BS in Studio Art at Utah Valley University. I currently focus on painting.
I often choose heavily wooded areas for composition. They provide almost overwhelming choices of shapes, colors and compositions. They also provide inspiration for abstracts.
I am heavily influenced by Paul Cézanne’s words on simplifying shapes in nature, and by Hans Hofmann, whose writings about “push and pull” illustrate the interaction of color and perspective.
The concept of “push and pull” has led me to think of painting as a kaleidoscope. Every time I shift a color or shape, the entire canvas is affected.