College: Studio Arts Major
In college I majored in ceramic sculpture, creating a series of pit-fired abstract landscapes for my final senior project. Although I loved working with clay, it wouldn't pay the rent, so after moving to NYC, I expanded my job search to include anything art related.
First Career: Cut & Paste Artist
My first job was as a cut and paste artist (yes, with an exacto knife and rubber cement) creating bank forms for Chase Manhattan Bank. Although this job did not last long, it introduced me to computers and allowed me to move on to designing computer systems using some of the first personal computers used in the business world. I decided to return to school to further my knowledge and opportunities in technology.
Second Career: Software Designer
After getting my Master’s degree in management from MIT, I began working for Reuters helping to design their financial software for traders and portfolio managers. Four years later, I left to start my own software development company – Willow Solutions – based in New Haven, CT. After 17 years with the company, I decided it was time to move on and I sold the company to my employees.
Third Career: Math Teacher
At this point, I had two young children and had been spending more and more time volunteering at their school. I loved working with the students and soon decided to become a teacher. Through the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC), I gained my certificate as a middle school math teacher. I spent most of my nine years in teaching at Worthington Hooker School, a small neighborhood public school in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven.
Fourth Career: Artist and Teaching Artist
After many years in technology and math, I returned to the art world. I continue to work in clay, both on and off the wheel, but have expanded to other mediums, most notably, mosaics. I have explored ways to integrate my interest in art with math and have developed a number of projects and approaches to bring my love of both art and math to students in schools throughout the Northeast. I also teach mosaics in my own studio and at art centers around the country. My abstract and realistic mosaic artwork has been shown in museums, hospitals and schools , and at mosaic exhibits such as the Mosaic Arts International.