Visual Artist, Writer


News About Recent Shows


  • 2017: "Unihabited Rooms" PS109 Gallery, New York, NY Omen Magazine Fall Edition (my photos featured) Giorgio Bonomi, Il Corpo Solitario, L'autoscatto nella Fotografia Contemporanea, Vol II (my photos included)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016: "The Dancer Returns Home & Other Stories," Studio Matacotta, Rome, Italy
  • 2014: “Echo Art Fair” – Central Library, Buffalo, NY
  • 2011: "Assenza Presenza," Museo Comunale D'Arte Moderna, Senigallia, Italy
  • 2006: "Invisible Realms - Dialogue With A Virtual Prince," Studio Fontaine, Viterbo, Italy
    "Il Celio in una Settimana," L'Associazione Culturale Celiomatografo, Rome, Italy
  • 2003: "The Song of Memory," CIIS, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001: "From New York to Athens," Kultur.Raum Im Rosenhaf, Tegernau, Germany
  • 2000: "The Song of Memory," Notre Dame College, S Euclid, Ohio
  • 1998: "The Song of Memory," (preliminary exhibition) Int. Conference for Partnership, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1994: "Lavori su Carta," Galleria Dusseldorf / Roma, Rome, Italy
  • 1992: "Extremely Urgent," Galleria Miralli, Palazzo Chigi Viterbo, Italy

Group Exhibitions


  • "Participating in Evolution," Continuun Movement Arts, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY


  • "Scope Art Fair," Miami, Florida
  • "Night Collection," The Louvre Museum, Paris, France


  • Foundation Art Fair, New York Armory, New York, NY.
  • "Curate NYC," Rush Arts Gallery, topped ranked entries, New York, NY
  • "Non cercarti fuori di Te.." Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome, Italy
  • "Neri ed Ebrei ricordano insieme Sulle note della razza, L'Europa, la Shoah, l'Africa," Galleria Ottagoni, Rome, Italy


  • "Pulling Down - Giorno Della Memoria," Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy


  • "Art in Boxes," Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


  • "International Paper Exhibition," Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY & MG Art International, CVB Space, New York, NY
  • "Il Principe Azzurro," Studio D'Ars, Milano, Italy and Galleria 9Colonne
  • Il Resto del Carlino, Bologna, Italy


  • "ExpoChronos, CMF 40x40," l'altrArte, Rome, Italy


  • "Sothebys on line," New York, NY


  • "Intuitive Absract Painting," William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
  • "Generations II," A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY


  • "The Passion of Art," Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY
  • "Drawing Show," Artists Space, New York, NY


  • "Group Show," Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, Arizona


  • "Mostra Collettiva sul Bianco," Arrezzoli, Italia
  • "Group Show," Fenix Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
  • "Group Show," Lawrence F Abrahamsen Gallery, San Francisco, California


  • "Pulse Points," Eastern Regional Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition, University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA
  • "Art Celebrates Life," Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY


  • "La Soglia Estrema: Caravaggio," Galleria Polmone Pulsante, Rome, Italy
  • "II Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea," Palazzo del Comune, Spello, Italy


  • "Artisti a Pordenone," Fiera di Pordenone, Pordenone, Italy
  • "Fiori, Frutta e Ortaggi," Galleria Eralov, Rome, Italy
  • "Exhibition," Jaffe/Baker/Blau Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
  • "Vertigo," Darius Gubala Gallery, New York, NY
  • "Ultima Thyle," Centro d'Arte l'Officina di Gorgia, Rome, Italy


  • "Arte Fuori Circuito," Caffè Latino, Rome, Italy
  • "XXI Premio Sulmona," Palazzo dell'Annunziata, Sulmona, Italy


  • "Artisti della Galleria," Galleria Pont des Arts, Rome, Italy
  • "Presenza," Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Italy


  • "L'idea del Volo" Galleria Tempo Reale, Calcata, Italy


  • "Exhibition," Printmakers Gallery, San Francisco, California


  • "Faculty Exhibition," Museum School of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Private/Public Collections

Lee Ufan Foundation/John Koo
Dr. Hans Smit
Museo Comunale D'Arte Moderna, Senigallia, Italy
Notre Dame College
Tucson Museum of Art
Fundación Valparaiso
Studio Fontaine
Isabel Allende, San Rafael, California
Bonita Brindley, Washington, D.C.
Riane Eisler, Carmel, California
Abby Garfagnoli, San Francisco, California
David Loye, Carmel, California
Kimberly Miller, New York, NY
Paul Mithcell, Rome, Italy
Gianmaria Ponzi, Viterbo, Italy
Dr. Lucilla Ricottini, Rome, Italy
Gary and Loekie Schwartz, Maarssen,The Netherlands
Dr. Franco Weisz, Rome, Italy
Peri Winkler, New York, New York
Cynthia Young, Los Angeles, California

Reviews and Texts

On The Issues Magazine, Winter 2012, photo in article by Merle Hoffman
On The Issues Magazine, Winter 2012, photo in article by Corinne A. Carey
Vittoria Biasi, Ruggero Passeri, “Assenza Presenza” 2011
Badische Zeitung , 9/14/2001, Freiberg, Germany (Review in German newspaper)
Hayden's Ferry Review, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 12/2000
Riane Eisler, in Tomorrow's Children, 1999
Riane Eisler, in Sacred Pleasure, 1995
Giorgio De Genova, XXI Premio Sulmona Catalogue Review, 1993
Emidio De Albertiis, Reviewed "Extremely Urgent." in Next, (Italian Art
Magazine) 1992
Gianluigi Biagioni Gazzoli, Interview in Q di R, (Magazine of Rome) 1991
Vittoria Biasi, Catalogue Review of "Extremely Urgent." 1991


1975 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Arizona, Tucson
1983 - Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco State University


  • 2011: Franklin Furnace Grant
  • 2005: Fundación Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain
  • 2004: Change; Robert Rauschenberg Grant
  • 1997: July - September "Artist in Residence" The Helene Wurlitzer
    Foundation of New Mexico, Taos, New Mexico
  • 1996: Sponsorship of "The Song of Memory," a multi-media project, The New
    York Foundation for The Arts, New York, NY
  • 1976: "Honorable mention," Printmaker's Gallery, San Francisco,

Artist Statement

My work in various art forms - dance, choreography, writing and music - have informed and enhanced my primary work as a visual artist. The inter-relationship of these disciplines develops my awareness of the underlying principles that are essential in all art forms. To begin with all art forms require presence and patience, showing up for the work, even when nothing is apparently happening. Then, listening, observation, decisiveness, but also release is necessary for the creative process. Also, art is not separate from growth as a human being and is often frightening and painful, which above all requires courage and taking risks.

I see my process of painting as being like that of "archaeological digging," in which I build up layers and scrape them away, to discover what is there, or what seeks to emerge. By trusting my intuition, I bring forth what is fresh and often surprising.

Writing, a morning ritual for many years, often surfaces in my paintings. Sometimes words and lines of poetry weave through as part of the textural layering, symbolically and materially holding and building the painting. Other times, a form of automatic writing arises, resembling calligraphic letters from a variety of cultures.

My most recent work with digital photography has evolved from my relationship with the computer and technology. At first the photographic images, printed on film transparencies, were integrated into my paintings. The digital photograph itself then became comprehensive and self-sufficient - with its highly sensitive play of light, texture and surprise - for my concerns with capturing the invisible becoming visible.

My experience of living in Rome, Italy, from 1983 to 1995 has had a significant impact and influence on my work. The city's beauty has inspired me toward refinement and aesthetic choice, while its omnipresent history such as the facades of old Rome, weathered with patina, permeates my work. Italian culture and language, so rich and lively, has compelled me to think and act in ways I would not otherwise have discovered. I see this in my work in the richly textured, un-stretched canvases I use, which appear to be part of the wall, and are often reminiscent of Italian fresco paintings. Also, in my more recent photography a sense of antiquity resides in my work despite the use of modern technology.

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