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Since I work with “pure” colors and translucent to transparent oil painting media, my painting appear to change with the light. Each of the pigments interacts with daylight, direct light, fluorescent light, incandescent light, etc. a little bit differently.

I often ask myself whether I’m a physical scientist who also paints, or a painter who has studied a bit too much Stat Mech and field theory (as painters’ physics needs go). In all honestly, I paint the way I do because I’m a science nerd. All of my paintings are somehow about physics. Even the flowers.

My particular style of working is very tactile. I like splashing, dripping, smudging. I love any media or style that could be described using words like “goop” and “goo”. I aspire to be remembered as “that Nerdly Painter of Goo” .

Many of my paintings contain little experiments in “making things work”. The chemistry of paint should do some work for me – all of my other chemistry experiments do. I also tend to approach color in terms of pigments and their spectra (what will this violet do as the light changes on it that that violet does differently?) I collect chemical structures in little tubes of paint.

Physics ideas like cooperativity have become a big part of how I model and understand the world. And they’re everywhere in my painting. Ideas like bonds in molecules, the quantum not-quite-existence of high vacuum-spawned subatomic particles; even the softly dancing dynamic structures in complex fluids don’t have an “appearance”. They’re visual ideas that guide us through complex phenomena. I’ve found that many images scientists create serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts.

Perhaps I’m working in Abstract Representationalism; I prefer “painting in goo".

Selected Recent Shows (past 12 months)

2010 Exhibited in the Arlington Open Studios
2010 “Woodshed group show”, Woodshed gallery, Franklin, MA (juried)
2011 Melrose Arts Festival (juried)
2011 “9×12” group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 “Identity” group show at the Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
2011 “Appearances” group show, Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 “Images of Arlington”, Arlington Center for the Arts, until June 18
2011 Still Point 3, juried group show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 Beacon Hill Art Walk
2011 Paperworks Winners Show, bjspoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2011 “Red”, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council and Inside Out Gallery and Art Beat

Recent Publications, Recognition
2010 Special Recognition for Edge of Eden, Light Space and Time Gallery online (
2010 Drawing “Gaia” Featured in Pink Panther Online Magazine
2011 6 paintings are being featured in a multipage spread in issue #4 of Palooka Journal, website:

Original Artwork in Private Collections
New York, Netherlands, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan, UK, Pennsylvania, Indiana

Other Awards
Nano Science and Technology Institutes Early Stage Company Award, 2005
2006 Mass High Tech “10 Women to Watch”; GANN Fellowship, 1992

1992-1997 Ph.D. (1998)
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Department of Polymer Science
1984-1989 B.S., B.S. (1989)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Materials Science (3); Humanities (21.6)
Minor in Visual Studies Selected to participate in exchange program with the Museum of Fine Arts museum school

  • Joined: January 2010


Art about female objects iand forms? Or art about women?

Redbubble just sent out an email with a grid of pictures for International Women’s Day. Buy this “Women” art! The art selected was good – as individual pieces these are quite interesting and accomplished. However, the collection and targeted occassion didn’t work so well. For Women’s Day, the selection was subtly offensive on several levels. Never mind th…
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My pieces featured in Agave Magazine

Agave magazine is featuring my painting “Dreams of Awakened Souls” as their cover art. / Aspens is also featured.
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Magazine Cover

My painting Asterisms featured as the cover of natural history Magazine, several more pieces inside the mag as part of a feature on science communication “The Write Stuff”. Rube Goldberg Abstract is the centerfold. / See more info on my blog here: /
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New Red bubble changes

Mouse over the gear near the top of your activity feed. It moooves! That’ll keep me entertained for hours.
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