- Olean, New York circa 1965
- Experimented with kid-friendly media and the Etch A Sketch, 1970-1980
- First art award from Olean Junior High School, Untitled. Medium: Magazine Cutouts on Poster Board, 1978
- Attended Parsons School of Design 1983-1984; got a little wild, needed to transfer
- Attended Washington University 1984-1987; learned to draw, failed gym, named Valedictorian, Class of ’87; awarded the unlikely title “Commencement Marshal.” Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 1987
- Lots of waitressing and quitting jobs, painting in an attic after hours, 1987-1991
Now I’m Getting Somewhere:
- Painted first public, outdoor mural (LOVED IT) in Philadelphia, PA, Untitled, 18th and Wallace Streets, 1989
- Fell in love with a good man – who “just happened” to fund my first solo art commission – married him, and collaborated on our four wonderful works of art: Thing 1, 2, 3 & 4
- At the forefront of the contemporary mural movement in Philadelphia. The concept of collaboration and scale take hold, 1989-present
- Created fresco in Mexico City, La Venustanza Caranza Fresco through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Developed a lust for travel and for varying materials, 1995
- Created landmark mural Common Threads. This one was a game changer. Philadelphia, 1998
- Developed a method – later to become industry standard – for entire communities to collaborate on public art projects, 2000
- Created the nation’s largest publicly funded mural for the new millennium, Once in Millennium Moon. More than 2000 Shreveport residents helped on this one. Shreveport, Louisiana, 2000
- Best art opening ever. Man in a lime green tuxedo rappelled down the newly unveiled mural, Theatre of Life, waving Japanese ribbons, 2002
- Eavesdropped on a bunch of people and incorporated their words into “altered signage” alongside Interstate 76 in Philly. This was part of a multi-site public art project called Passing Through, 2006.
- Started playing card game “31” with artists, 2007-present
- Created one of the nation’s largest exterior paintings, 8 stories tall, by a football field long (you do the math) in my “home away from home.” Omaha, Nebraska, 2008-2009
- Watched the Phillies win the World Series, 2008
- Witnessed my daughters and son become a B’nai Mitzvah, 2009, 2011, 2014
- Created first work in glass. Transparent illuminated surfaces are “the bomb!” 2010
- Created a work incorporating sculptures and moving parts, Magic Hour. It glows, it moves, it is experiential! Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2013
- Started years-long discussion in my studio about HOME. Dialogue is essential. 2013-2015
Show and Tell:
- In 2006, I was featured in Public Art Review as one of ten muralists nationally who has been influential in the past decade
- Also in 2006, I received Philadelphia’s Visionary Artist Award from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
- I’ve received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and more:
- Visionary Woman Award, Moore College of Art, 2016.
- Award for Distinction, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, 2011.
- RPM (Rescue Public Murals –http://rescuepublicmurals org) National Advisory Committee, 2005-2007.
- Visionary Artist Award, 2006 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program award for outstanding vision and groundbreaking achievement.
- Spotlight on Muralists Public Art Review, Fall/Winter 2005.
- Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 2002.
- Franklin Institute IMAX Film, spotlight in Philadelphia Anthem.
- NEA/Mid Atlantic Artists Create for the Millennium Resident Artist, 2000.
- Leeway Foundation/Award for Excellence, 2000.
- Art in America’s Public Art Year in Review, 1999.
- National Endowment for the Arts / MidAtlantic Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1996.
- Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 1996.
- National Endowment for the Arts, International Residency, 1995.
- Pew Charitable Trust Disciplinary Finalist, Painting, 1993.
- Rutgers University / Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts Resident Artist, 1994.
- Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 1992.
- Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Roster Artist, AIE, 1993 – 1996.
- Rutgers University Museum of Fine Arts print collection.
- Johnson and Johnson works on paper collection.