Murals were my first occupation through the City Arts Office of Albany for several glorious years. I taught drawing at Sage College in Albany. I then took a position as the Fine Arts Mentor at the Empire State College in Albany. The greatest thing about that was working on classes with other professors, such as a course called Images of the Self, including psychology and literature. I was asked to do a long residency at the Fort Ticonderoga school district that included the idea of self-portraiture. This began a twenty-five-year career as an artist-in-education. Many large murals, and mixed media student collaborative works later, I decided to teach art part-time to adults who have traumatic brain injuries at the Living Resources Center in Albany.
I have shown my work throughout the northeast, and southern east coast. My work is about nature and my need to be outside and observe. I have always been spiritually complete when walking and hiking.
I am currently working with oil paintings and embroidery with paint. Both are directly involving the fragile, endangered flora and fauna of our northeastern woods and the environments of other areas I have visited. I want to present the life that appears so fleetingly yet persistently on the edges of the woods, swamps, and streams.
I hope to bring their wonder, rather than the destruction that is either all around us or continues to be an oncoming disaster for our planet. These places, and their birds, trees, and flowers are to me, the magic of our world. As my time increases in the woods, I see the incredible flowers that appear, such as the fleeting trillium, the jack in the pulpit, the trout lilies, the bloodroot, and many more. The trees that surround them are connected to why they come up in the same places year after year. Roots and fungus, soil all perform the magic of a specific event. As I watch forests and certain trees fall, or weaken from