I hold a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute and went on to the graduate MFA program in painting at Indiana University. Later, I was enrolled in a post-graduate program in computer design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In mid-career, I was honored to be chosen to study with the graphic design legend, Milton Glaser, in a week-long intensive for professional designers.
After a year of private study in Italy, I began a thirty-year career as a designer, art director, and creative director, which included book publishing, editorial design, marketing, branding and web design.
From 2001- 2014, I taught a variety of classes at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Among them was a popular course in color theory that focused on the interaction of color and its psychological effects. During that same period I was on the faculty of the Art School at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., where I also taught a variety of studio art and digital design courses.
My teaching was concurrent with my on-going design practice for both public and private clients. The two seem to inform and enrich one another. I'm very excited about the impact of social media on design and the potential for new directions in communication and marketing.
I wrote and published a book, Carrying Grace to Santiago, which I also illustrated. The book tells the story of the 500-mile solo walk I made across northern Spain on the medieval pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. For more information please click here.