Papermaking captured my
interest while I was studying painting
and sculpture at the Art Students League
in New York City. I was attracted to
the manipulative aspects of the medium
and its creative and functional
possibilities combining color and shape as
well as texture.
My process starts by
mixing two different fibers in order to
make my sheets of paper. I
combine cotton linter, which is soft
and flexible with a fiber called abaca, which
is strong and durable. I introduce dye
and other materials into the mix to add
color and texture. I then use the
sheets of paper to cover my form. A
water proofing solution of acrylic,
matte or gloss is then applied to protect the
My work ranges from
decorative to functional and includes cast
paper shoes, frames, baskets, figures, hats,
ornaments and other three dimensional pieces.
I display and sell my work
at a number of art and craft galleries and
also create custom orders upon request.
In addition to my art work, I teach outreach
art programs through the Newport Art Museum
in Newport, RI.