When I was about three, I determined that my favorite subject was the family cat. A few decades later it is the same, with the addition, however, of landscapes, mixed media, recycled materials, and large projects featuring books and murals.
Originally from New York, I spent five formative years in Europe, two in Greece, then three years divided between Paris for art school and England for my first year of college. At Virginia Common-wealth University I got a BFA, then migrated to Upstate NY where I was hired as a resident artist in the schools painting murals. When the grant ended, I bought a van and traveled through the US and Canada, painting the unwinding scenery. Settling in Durham in 1982, I originated two businesses, Pet & People Portraiture and Murals-by-Many. I also wrote my first manuscript.
Many years & art adventures later, a publisher asked if I could envision turning my moon painting series into a book. Thus Moon Book, a collection of 72 full-moon paintings with the diary. I kept. Cat Book I developed a style of monoprint portraits of my feline subjects, along with their life stories. Dog Book was created with more classically rendered oil portraits along with a short biography of each animal. Saving Magic Places consists of inter-views concerning an amazing tale of victory, heavily illustrated with portraits and landscapes of the Piedmont area.
In 2010 I discovered the joy of making handmade books; so began my 25-Year Book Project in which I make only 50 copies of each year's 6"x6" book. The first volume, 2009-'10, highlights my crazy homemade wedding with its tribute to recycled material. Volume II is about the A to Z of creating a mural in a perfect bound book with individually painted covers. Volume III is a triptych which covers the subject of a) Travel b) Flowers and c) Pets and fits into a faux painted sleeve, re-formatted from a cereal box. The 25-year Handmade Book Series is only sold through my home gallery.
Seven days a week.... my painting can be found at NC Craft Gallery in Carrboro and in Durham at Bull City Art & Frame, along with original art work from my books, three of the commercially published books and greeting cards. I foster two or three cats at a time who need real homes and often feature rescues in my art work.
DIRECTIONS: Off of Ephesus Church Road
HOURS: Both weekends or by appointment 364 days a year
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