"Memoria" (2014), Undulation Mosaic in Venetian Glass Smalti, Trasparenti, Dalle de Verre
I am interested in the phenomenon of memory and the psychology of landscape. Why do certain people and places touch the depths of our soul and remain there?
In the past five years, Mosaic Art has become a way for me to connect more deeply to spirit. Each mosaic is born from emotion and feminine experience, whether the mosaic is representative or abstract. I cut all materials by hand, using carbide-steel hammer/hardie or wheeled nippers, faithful to the 4,000 year old medium. My vision is influenced by wandering the world, and by amazing places where I have roots, among these Italy, Spain, Appalachia, the Carolinas, the Hudson Valley, and the Southwest. I am drawn to organic shapes, sundrenched colors, and the juxtaposition of rustic and precious materials.
I am especially inspired by the courageous art of Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Antoni Gaudi', and Marco De Luca. I owe much gratitude to my teachers for our brief but inspiring days together... Luciana Notturni (Studio Arte del Mosaico, Ravenna, Italy-2001), Matteo Randi (Chicago Mosaic School-2014), Liz Learmont (Sculpture/Mosaic Studio, Sedona, Arizona-2018), Uta-Maria Krapf (Painting Studio, Marfa, Texas-2019), Karen Ami, Etty Hasak, Casey Van Loon (Chicago Mosaic School at Bethany Arts Community, Ossining, New York-2019). Perhaps the greatest learning experience was a yearlong battle with a rare encephalitis between the summers of 2017 and 2018, and the unexpected gifts of hallucination and imagination that this harrowing journey contributed to my art.
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1989-B.A. Spanish Language, University of Kentucky
1994-M.A. Spanish/Hispanic Literatures, University of New Mexico
1989-2017- Educator/Translator, Spanish and Italian (University of New Mexico-Albuquerque NM; Sandia Heights Academy- Albuquerque NM; Camelot Academy-Durham NC; Duke University Continuing Education-Durham NC; SAFEchild- Raleigh NC; Roman Catholic Diocese- Raleigh NC; Children's Hospital at Montefiore-Bronx, NY; Children's Village- Dobbs Ferry NY)
2001- Studio Arte del Mosaico, Luciana Notturni, Ravenna Italy, Double Reverse and Direct Method Workshop
2014- Chicago Mosaic School, Matteo Randi, Undulation Workshop
2016- "Art Fired Up" Exhibit, Lazarus Gallery, United Hebrew of New Rochelle NY
2014. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019- RiverArts Studio Tour Preview Exhibit, Hastings-on-Hudson Municipal Bldg
2014 to Present- SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) Member
2014 to Present- RiverArts Member, Westchester NY
2014 to Present- RiverArts Studio Tour Participating Artist
2017 to Present- RiverArts Studio Tour Production Committee Member
2018- Dobbs Ferry ArtWalk Coordinator
2018- Assisted Suzi K. Edwards with Beginner's Mosaic Workshop, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck New York
2018- Sculpture Workshop, Liz Learmont, Sedona Arizona
2019-Color Theory and Line, Uta-Maria Krapf, Marfa Texas
2019-Mosaic Workshop, Karen Ami & Etty Hasak, Chicago Mosaic School at Bethany Arts Community, Ossining New York
2019-Assisted Suzi K. Edwards with Beginner's Mosaic Workshop, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck New York
2019-Advanced Glass Cutting Workshop with Casey Van Loon, Chicago Mosaic School at Bethany Arts Community, Ossining New York