HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It was in 1993 and I was obsessed with TRASHY daytime talk shows.
I chose the silhouette as the best method to quickly capture the TV guest's likeness. Instead of the traditional black silhouette, I painted mine loosely in bold colors & added a descriptive caption, making my silhouette portraits modern, vibrant and fresh!
"America's Most Wanted", Installation view, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1993
I began exhibiting my silhouette portraits in galleries but it wasn't until a car crash that my work really took off. The driver who caused the accident was insured by Progressive Auto insurance. I wrote a letter to the president and CEO of Progressive, Peter Lewis.
Progressive Auto Insurance Annual Report, 1994
Mr. Lewis purchased several works for his corporate art collection and commissioned over fifty new portraits for his company's annual report which won many awards.
Handicap Bathroom, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 1997
In the mid-nineties I was commissioned to design a bathroom for the Kohler Arts Center and window displays for clothing store, Barney's, New York.
"Patch Work", Installation View, Barney's New York, Chelsea location, 1998
I would go on to visually brand Barney's CO-OP stores’ fitting rooms nationwide with my work.
"Gentleman Please!", Marquetry, Barney's New York, Chicago, 2010
"We are Woman," Acrylic on Canvas, Barney's New York, Chicago, 2010
"Betsy Ross", Custom Carpet, Barney's New York, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
In 2000, I was introduced to the potter, designer, and author, Jonathan Adler. I immediately started selling my custom commissioned portrait service in his stores nationwide and I continue to do so to this very day in addition to this website.
Portrait Installation view, Jonathan Adler, Soho Store, NYC, 2005
My work has been placed on products, book jackets, electronic applications, promotions and featured in newspapers, magazines, television and online.
Live portrait event for AOL/Patch, Chicago, 2010
If you would like a personal experience with me, I can be hired for portrait events from private parties to promotional and corporate events. Contact me to find out how I can immortalize your friends, family, pets and guests!
Amalgamated Inc. Commission for Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2018 (photo taken in artists studio)