I was born in Manchester, England. My father was Polish, a Holocaust survivor. My mother was English. He recast his life in Manchester as an accountant and married my mother. I grew up in a middle class family, the oldest of four. My mother had wanted to give my father a new large family. I graduated from the University of Newcastle on Tyne with a joint Honors degree in English Language and Literature then taught English to middle school and college age students. I had also married and produced four children.
In 1977 my family and I emigrated to the U.S. We lived in Washington D.C. for two years. I taught at a private school in Bethesda, Maryland.
In 1979 we moved to Mamaroneck, New York. For twenty two years I worked for the New York city department of education, mainly at Christopher Columbus and Evander. I got divorced and found a new partner.
I studied for and obtained an M.A. In English and Education, I did most of the
course work for an M.A. in History but did not complete the degree.
Meanwhile, my four children married and produced ten grandchildren. As they got older I wrote little plays for family occasions. On Thanksgiving they performed a very shortened version of the Wizard of Oz.
I had not painted at all. I developed some hobbies. I read constantly mostly nineteenth century fiction; I recorded a VoiceOver CD, I was an extra in Law and Order, I saw some plays and watched many movies. I drew, often in markers. I kayaked. I biked round the city. I moved to the city. I walked the streets of New York.
In September I enrolled in Ronnie Landfield's Life, Composition and Design class at the Art Student League of Bew League of New York. For two months I had no idea what to do. I mostly drew the model.
But In November I began to paint and in January I stood in the second floor gallery of the Art Student League and looked at a blue dot next to my four foot by two and a half foot abstract portrait. The blue dot meant that someone thought this painting, entered in Ronnie Landfield's class show, was quite good.
I paint in the studio five days a week. I am prolific. Since November I have produced sixty paintings, some very large. I work in acrylic. I usually paint young women, often only their head and shoulders. Some of the women wear hats. I occasionally paint older women, couples and families.
I don't use a brush unless I am painting a large, flat area. Mostly I use my fingertips. I paint in a free, loose style, dipping my fingers in paint and sweeping them across the canvas. I don't usually draw before I paint. I just start to paint and my subconscious transmits through my fingertips the subject and my feelings towards that subject.
I have been influenced by the German Expressionist painters, particularly the members of De Brucke,the Bridge, such as Kirchner; by Van Gogh, Modigliani, Picasso and De Kooning.
Though I often draw from the model, and frequently draw my grandchildren, all my paintings spring from my mind. I am not painting a specific person. In my paintings I use color, intense or subdued but always unexpected. I paint exaggerated or dream like shapes, often textured, to express emotion. In January 2013 I am scheduled to have a solo show in Pittsburgh in a cafe/art space near my son Ben's house in Point Breeze.
With thanks and love to my partner Ving who has encouraged me; to my children Mark, Richard, Ben and Sarah; to my daughters- in- law, Rachel, Dana and Sarah; my son- in- law, Asaf, to my grandchildren, Emily, Nicole, Alexander, Noa, Liat, Eitan, Matan, Ilan, Yonatan and Tomer ; to my friends, but especially to Alexander who designed this website!