I come from a family of creative and artistic people and am happy to carry on my heritage. I am always looking for ways to celebrate and bring joy to others through my artwork. My mission is to convey a spirit of "joi de vivre" - enjoyment of life - through my paintings and drawings and even in my classes! As a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a former art student at Carnegie Mellon University, I am now embracing over thirty years of freelance art experience. My work has included everything from computer, t-shirt and business card designs, to wall-sized murals. I enjoy mostly working in pastel and oil, but have tried anything and everything.
I have taught painting and portrait classes and enjoy being a part of helping others discover and develop their creativity. My seventh grade teacher, John Gesselberty, was my earliest influence in my career choice, as well as John Fitzpatrick (CMU Instructor) and Anthony Ciotti (AIP Instructor). The artists who influenced me along the way were: Walt Disney, Marjolein Bastin, Claude Monet, Sam Butcher and Greg Hildebrandt. My most rewarding artistic experience and accomplishment was working with first-time authors and staff to produce 20 inspirational book covers with Rainbow’s End Publishing Company. I have been drawing, coloring and creating for as long as I can remember, and plan on doing so until I cannot do so!
All Saints School, Allegheny Business News, Baskets by Irma, Bauhaus Partners, Bracken Photography Studios, Cranberry Review Journal, Creative Playgrounds, Daniel Stern & Associates, Delmarva Engineering & Building Services, Emory Construction, Flying ‘S’ Ranch, Human Services Associates, Iron Worker’s Federal Credit Union Local #3, K-Cor Printing, Kelvin Electronics, Light of Life Ministries, LYFE Chiropractic, Madison Avenue South Designs, Inc., Market Valuation Appraisals, Matthews Arts, Matos Home Remodeling, Mike’s Tees, Modcom Engineering, Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church, Northgate School District, NorthWay Christian Community, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Pressley Ridge Schools, Rainbow’s End Publishing Company, Randall-Kastner Graphics, Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm, Ruff Writers, Samaritan Mortgage Group, Shape Fitness, St. Sebastian Church, The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Tom's Bobcat Service, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Numerous personal and private commissions.