You’ve had quite the career. How would you describe it?
I have been working as a full-time visual artist for over 35 years. I graduated from the Stamps School in 1983 with a BFA and an MFA from the University of Maryland in 1994. Early in my career, I ran several art nonprofit exhibition spaces in Washington, DC.
For the past thirty-plus years, I have maintained an active visual art practice, painting on sculpted materials – aluminum, steel, and plexiglass. I have also dedicated my time to site-specific and site-inspired installation work centering around art and healing. I am represented by Susan Eley Fine Art, which has locations in New York City on the Lower East Side and Hudson, New York. I also work with a variety of art consultants to place my work. This work ranges from placement in private homes to large-scale atrium pieces.
What does your typical day on the job look like?
I have two large autobody shops in Kensington, Maryland, where I do the bulk of my large-scale pieces. I also have a smaller light-filled studio in Boulder, Colorado. My daily practice is to paint every day, and I have an ongoing dedication to my drawing practice. The work is a mix of commission work and work for exhibitions.
What kind of art do you create?
I work principally on sculpted aluminum, steel, and plexiglass in a process-based practice that builds pixilated and vibrant pigments in deep layers with patterns of drips, grids, and fragmented shapes that are then deconstructed through sanding, scraping, drilling, and cutting to reveal the finished textured surfaces. It is physical work and keeps me humble and inspired!
What was your experience at Stamps like?
Stamps takes an innovative approach to arts education, which is mostly self-directed. I learned about the inherent challenges and the discipline needed to create a body of work. As a student, I was equipped with life-long skills. Stamps teaches us the importance of engagement with the community.
Any advice for Stamps students?
Follow your interests.
Take the time at Stamps to develop skills.
Build a network and community.