Although I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, I spent summers at my family’s homes in Smithtown and Peakville, New York. It was during these summer vacations that I discovered the world of the natural landscape, which has been the inspiration for my art and jewelry designs since that time. I received my MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and have exhibited my paintings in SOHO, Midtown Manhattan and in the Berkshires, MA. My awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York State CAPS Fellowship, a grant from the Hillwood Art Museum, C.W. Post College, and numerous awards from juried art exhibitions. I have always considered jewelry as an extension of my painting and have been experimenting with form and media for decades. I currently teach my original jewelry design course, painting courses, and serve as art department chairperson at a major New York City university.