I was born in Brooklyn, New York from Sicilian ancestry. Always fascinated with the dazzling images of fashion illustration, I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in the mid 1970’s. After working in fashion merchandising and graphic design, I paused to raise a family.
As soon as it was possible, I headed right back to the art scene by taking a rigorous class load at the Art Students League in NYC, studying privately, and of course, painting in every available moment.
I have been showing my work throughout the metropolitan New York area, and my paintings are held in both corporate and private collections.
This body of work I call the Kitchen Friendly Collection celebrates everything I love about art. Color, light and dynamic shadows. I take ordinary food still lifes and turn them into energetic, luminous oil paintings.
My vision is all about the light, the color, and the shadows – all the fun happens in the shadows as they are alive with color.
The Kitchen Friendly Collection is painted on gesso board with oil paint using a big brush in the alla prima method. My style is loose and energetic — like cooking, it's all about keeping it fresh.