I am an artist, a teacher and an activist. Growing up in Brooklyn, I adored the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and cherished time spent outside the City. After college, (Queens College, 1978, BA, in Studio Art and Queens College, MFA, 1982, Painting), the Hudson Valley became my home. I lived, taught and painted in Iran between 1991 and 2007, choosing to return to live in the Hudson Valley. Although I came for the gorgeous landscape, the most strongly sustained subject matter in my work is painting figures from imagination. It is through directly observing Nature painting outdoors that I return to painting from imagination with more insight and refreshed. I am a member of Arts Mid-Hudson, The Tivoli Artists Gallery, Art Society of Kingston, RoCa and The Barrett Art Center. Thank you!