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Artist’s Statement

I am a self-taught visual artist working primarily in hand-embroidery with a special interest in social commentary that addresses the challenges of 21st century life. An additional theme I explore is “memento mori” (remember you will die). Notwithstanding the seriousness of the subject I try to infuse the message with more wit than morbidity.

Much of my work is influenced by my long career in advertising as a Copywriter/Creative Director at various agencies in NYC, Bermuda, Dubai, Singapore and Jakarta. I didn’t begin to work full time as an artist until the 1990’s when I was in my 40’s. That grounding as a writer prompts text to appear frequently in my work.

I’m a recycler of art. I often use images from the past that I believe transcend the years to provide a message for us now.

From the series American Memento Mori: Angel - applique and embroidery on vintage textile. A folk art weathervane of an angel in silhouette with a skeleton head is appliquéd onto a colorful vintage tablecloth, and embellished with white embroidery.
Angel/applique and embroidery on vintage textile/52″ x 58″