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About The Artist



I create paper sculpture in bas relief. My work features ‘almost-but-not-quite real’ spaces that are somewhere between authentic and imagined, sliding in and out of reality.


Using paper and adhesive to create these spaces, I build three-dimensional forms by cutting, scoring, and folding each element of a piece. I then adhere each element to the base, juxtaposing forms and shapes to highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast with the goal of creating a dynamic composition that captures my vision. 

I ask you to consider:


  • What is it?

  • Where is it?

  • What do you see?

  • What do you feel?

  • Do you find yourself in it, or not?


My inspiration for a piece may come from a variety of sources. It might be a walk in the park, my reaction to what’s happening in the world, or feelings I experience from personal life circumstances.


Educated at Boston University (BFA, sculpture) and Cranbrook Academy of Art

(MFA, sculpture), I see sculpturally. I am inspired by 19th and 20th century African sculpture; the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction and Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Lipschitz) art movement; Giorgio de Chirico’s ‘illogical perspective’ works; Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes; and Frank Stella’s metal reliefs.


I invite you to glimpse into my interpreted world and discover where you find yourself. 

Solo Exhibit

  • Gallery Ring (virtual exhibit), 2021


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Within, Art-Fluent, 2022

  • Geometric Gestures, Dodomu Gallery, 2022

  • Elements, Art-Fluent, 2022

  • Works on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2022

  • Modes of Abstraction, Art Center of Sarasota, FL, 2021/22

  • Light and Shadow, Maryland Federation of Art, 2021/22

  • Art on BRIC Walls, Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2021/22

  • Monumental, Sergio Gomez Curates, 2021/22

  • Transformation, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 2021

  • Picking Up the Pieces, Collage Artists of America, 2021

  • Changing Landscapes (5 works), ArtServe, 2021

  • Abstracted, Art-Fluent, 2021

  • First National Exhibition, Denise Bibro Fine Arts (NYC), one of 20 selected artists, 2021

  • Artists to Follow in 2021, Michael Rose Fine Art, 2021

  • Leaders in Abstraction – Vol. 1, The Art House Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2021

  • Small Works, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2020

  • 90th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Art League, 2020

  • Artists Choice, Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2020

  • Fresh Air Exhibition, Ridgefield (CT) Guild of Artists, 2020

  • Continuum Exhibit, West Palm Beach, FL, 2020


Selected Honors/Awards

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, City of Pembroke Pines 17th Annual Art Competition
    Pembroke Pines, FL, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Art Extravaganza, Studio 18 in the Pines, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Abstractions Exhibit, Broward Art Guild, 2021

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, City of Pembroke Pines 16th Annual Competition,
    Pembroke Pines, FL, 2021

  • 2nd Place, Art in the Time of Corona, Artist Table Online Gallery, 2021

  •  1st Place, Nature Exhibit, Grey Cube Online Gallery, 2021

  • Honorable Mention, Abstract Exhibit, Art Show International, 2021

  • Honorable Mention, Colorful Abstractions Exhibit, Fusion Art Online Gallery, 2021

  • Juror’s Choice Award, Elemental: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Maryland Federation of Art, 2020

  • Best in Show, Winter Spectacular Salon, Broward Art Guild, 2019/20

  • Honorable Mention and People's Choice Award, Tri-County Biennial Exhibit, FL, 2019

  • Juror's Choice Award, Land, Water, Sky Exhibit, Gallery Ring, 2019

  • 2nd Place Award, Botanicals, Grey Cube Gallery, 2019

  • 1st Place, Hills and Valleys Landscape Exhibit, ArtistTable Online Gallery, 2019

  • First Place and Judges Choice winner, Mixed Media, and 3D Category, All Landscape Exhibit, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, 2019