For My Grandparents

Graphite
11" x 13"

I am a visual artist and teacher based in New Jersey. Originally from the Adirondack region in upstate New York, I earned a BFA in painting and MA in teaching from Rhode Island School of Design. My work is primarily abstract and has been exhibited in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Indiana, and Colorado.

As a departure from my usual line of work, my approach to the theme 'The Ties That Bind' was focused on the people closest to us. I have always loved drawing, and it is the first thing that I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I am deeply rewarded by the moment in which I feel I have made someone else feel touched through drawing. This moment is the one I aim for when I create portraits that I can give to those who are special to me.

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