My work is neither figurative nor abstract, rather I see it as a metaphor for experience. We all have collective memory, as well as highly individual thoughts and associations.
The statements embodied in my work come ultimately from a place that I believe is present in all of us - a central core or spiritual store-house unique to each of us.
I work with a variety of materials, including powdered gesso, cold wax, dry-wall compound, acrylic medium, marble dust and oils.
I build my surfaces onto canvas, sometimes adding collaged materials pertinent and personal to me, as well as marks and gestures, all the while enjoying a reciprocal “conversation” with the work in progress.
Often I refer to sketches, notes, diagrams and salvaged images, which can be found in my sketch-books, stuck up on the walls of my studio and scattered about my work surfaces.
I then continue the process of realizing my initial idea - my subjective response - by adding more layers, some comprised of pigment, all the while refining and continuing to build up the image, while introducing ink, graphite and oil sticks, amongst other materials.
Although primarily non-representational, my work is influenced by landscape and architectural symbols, and our relationship to these factors. I attempt to expose the beauty hidden in the so-called mundanity of everyday life.
Music is another influence, particularly classical, blues and jazz.
I have lived in several countries and have enjoyed the stimulation of travel as well as that of different environments.
I grew up in Israel and South Africa. Following matriculation I received a BA in Fine Arts, after which I spent six months traveling and studying art in Italy (a scholarship awarded to me as a merit of excellence from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg).
In the UK I pursued a double master’s degree in Fine Art and Art Therapy at the University of London, Goldsmiths, England.
Following my time in London, I moved to New York where I attended the Art Students League, where I received another scholarship, and studied printmaking.
After several years in Manhattan, I moved to a university town in the Midwest, where I live on a lake with my husband, a ceramic artist who teaches ceramics as well as produces beautiful studio sculpture.
My work is represented in public and private international, as well as national collections.