After completing a BFA in Photographic Illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology, I moved to Cambridge, MA and began working as a photo technician with a publishing firm from The Netherlands. That job extended to Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, where we microfilmed historic documents in colleges, monasteries, and national libraries.
While a student at RIT, I had begun making simple woodcuts—carving a block, inking it up with a roller and using a wooden spoon as a press. Along with photography, I found the twin graphic medium of woodcut printmaking to be just portable enough, and a perfect creative outlet for our four years of overland travel in Latin America.
Back from South America, my husband and I moved to Nelson County Virginia, where we opened Acorn Inn- https://acorninn.com/ —a bed and breakfast and retreat facility which we still operate.
Before long, a class at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts inspired me to expand beyond woodcuts to other printmaking techniques. Long story short, I convinced a neighbor to sell me her etching press, which opened many creative doors and changed my focus to monotype printmaking.
The Inn displays my travel photos, small-edition woodcuts and "one-off" monotype prints, along with the folk art we collected—and is a cozy setting for small events and gatherings of friends and family.
My love of photography, backed by training from RIT, has been put to use in many ways since moving to beautiful Nelson County—but playing with ink in my barn studio is hard to beat as a passion!
Besides making monotypes and taking pictures with my cameras, Martin and I make a lot of beds, bake a lot of breads, and meet a lot of nice people running our Acorn Inn.
Thanks for your interest in the arts—and my work!