About the Artist

meAlthough having sketched my entire life, I only started formal art training as a senior at Loyola College in Maryland.  A degree in biology with interests in medicine and art led me to investigate a career in medical illustration.  On the advice of Ranice Crosby, the director of Medical Illustration at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, I studied watercolor with Fredrick Schuler Briggs, attended a year at Schuler’s School of Fine Art, and took several courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  I entered the medical illustration program at Hopkins in 1980.  There I earned the Annette S. Burgess Award for Ophthalmological Illustration.  Working with Dr. Paul Manson, my thesis advisor and world renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I discovered my passion and career specialty, maxillo-facial reconstruction.

Upon graduation in 1982 with a Master’s degree in Medical and Biological Illustration, Ranice Crosby hired me as an ophthalmic illustrator.  Three months later, I became the illustrator for the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  After six years at Hopkins, I continued with the Department of Plastic Surgery as a freelance illustrator.  I became president of the Chesapeake Bio-communicators and a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

My career took a back seat to my family after I married and gave birth to my second son.  I became very active in my sons’ school  ̶̶ volunteering for field trips, book fairs, and much more.  After three years as head of the PTA, I worked part-time at Harford Friends School as Associate Director of Admissions.  From 2010-15, I taught at Harford Community College as an adjunct faculty member in the Learning Resources Center.  I currently teach portrait drawing and painting.

Here’s my family at my youngest son’s high school graduation.

With both sons in college, I am now a happy empty nester, returning to my roots as an artist.  I am thoroughly enjoying painting portraits in oils.  I’m drawn to the Old Masters and classical realism.  My foundation in plastic reconstructive surgery has enabled me to capture a sitter’s facial structure, likeness, and expression.  It is my goal to capture the essence of who they are, their personality, and character.

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A traditional painter of portraits and fine art.