About

I currently live in Sarasota, Florida, teach at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and manage an art exhibition space that I founded, M. Chapel Projects Art Gallery. I am also active in my community, attending art openings and art events.

My current body of work is encaustic wax on panel or oil on canvas and is abstract in nature. I also make sculptural pieces from wood, found objects, encaustic wax and spray paint. This work stems from my personal history, an appreciation and understanding for architecture and city planning, and experiences of  different city development and infrastructures around the world.

I love to travel and have done so extensively since 1998, however, in 2012 I decided to take time from teaching to explore certain parts of the world more in-depth. From 2012 to 2014, I spent long periods of time in Quebec, Panama, France, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. During that time, I also traveled throughout the United States and Europe. In all of these places, it was my pleasure to visit great art museums, and galleries large and small, as well as observe the sights, sounds, tastes, and everyday life of many diverse cultures.

These were extraordinary experiences and I am grateful for all of them. In the summer of 2014, I returned to Sarasota, Florida, opened a large studio space and began working.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting from Buffalo State College in 1997 and my Masters of Fine Arts Painting from Indiana University in 1999. While working towards my MFA, I traveled twice to Florence, Italy – first to study art and then returning the following summer to teach drawing for Indiana University.

I was the recipient of the Indiana University’s Graduate Studies Research Grant for Florence, Italy. I received the Charles Lanham Fellowship for Travel Abroad and was awarded a research grant for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. I also received a faculty grant from the Ringling School of Art and Design for the creation and exhibition of a series of life-size figurative works. From 1999 to 2013 , I enjoyed instructing Fine Art for Buffalo State College, The Ringling School of Art and Design, The University of Tampa, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Painting, 1999, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Painting and Printmaking Apprentice, 1998-1999,  Studio of Barry Gealt, Bloomington, Indiana

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 1996,  Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York

Teaching Experience

Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida), 2017 – present

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (Santa Fe, New Mexico) 2013

Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida), 2001-2010

University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida), 2001-2003

Buffalo State College (Buffalo, New York), 1999-2001

Lyons College (Batesville, Arkansas), 2000     

Indiana University Overseas Program (Florence, Italy), 1999  

School of Fine Arts, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana), 1998-1999

Awards

Awarded 2017 Creators and Collectors Studio Tour, Sarasota, FL 2017

Ringling School of Art and Design Faculty Grant, 2003

Vermont Studio Center Research Grant, June Residency, 2002

Charles Lanham Fellowship for Travel Abroad, Florence, Italy, 1999

Indiana Universities Graduate Studies Research Grant for Florence, Italy, 1998

Yale Universities Summer Program, Nominee, 1994

Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Painting, Buffalo State College, 1994

Volunteer

The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida2014

Founder

M. Chapel Projects / SPAACES 2017 A Non-Profit Modeled Artist Organization and Exhibition Space

Projects

Hispanic Latino Heritage Project, November 2018 – 2020 ongoing, SPAACES, Sarasota FL

SPAACES, 2018 – current, Sarasota FL

Construction Reconstruction, March 2018, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

Le Salon Tout Inclus (The All Inclusive Exhibit), November 2018, SPAACES, Sarasota FL

Something to Have, January 2018, M. Chapel Projects, Sarasota FL

The World Within, December 2017, M. Chapel Projects, Sarasota FL

Now You See Me Now You Don’t, November 2017, M. Chapel Projects, Sarasota FL

Workshops

Christie’s Auction House, New York City, 2017 Emerging Art Dealers

Christie’s Auction House, New York City, 2017 Contemporary Post Modern Evening Auction

Nelson Shanks, Miami, FL, 2006

Robert Liberace, Alexandria, Va.  2008

Exhibitions

Shopliftable, January 2019, Gaze Modern, Sarasota, FL

Le Salon Tout Inclus, November 2018, M. Chapel Projects / SPAACES, Sarasota, FL

Creativity Takes Courage, September 2018, Gainesville Fine Art Association, Gainesville, FL

Construction Reconstruction, March 2018, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

Organic Geometry, March 2017M. Chapel Projects (Sarasota, FL)

Sarasota Fine Arts Society Creators and Collectors Studio Tour (Sarasota, FL) March 2017

Solo Exhibition, “Memories and Perceptions” April 2012, C. Emerson Art Gallery, (St. Petersburg, Florida)

“The Human Condition” August 2008, C. Emerson Art Gallery, (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works” December 2008, The Women’s Resource Center Gallery, (Sarasota, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, “A Chronology of Works” December 2006, The Urban Way, (Bradenton, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, “Subjects and Symbols, Portraits of Woman,” December 2004, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, (Longboat Key, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, “A Study of Women,” April 2003, Keating Center, Ringling School of Art & Design (Sarasota, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, September 2001, Fine Art Gallery, Manatee Community College (Bradenton, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, March 2001, Olean Gallery of Fine Arts (Olean, New York)

Solo Exhibition, November – December 2000, Gallery of Fine Arts, Lyons College (Batesville, Arkansas)

Solo Exhibition, June 2000, College Street Gallery (Buffalo, New York)

Solo Exhibition, March 2000, Denise Kowal Gallery (Sarasota, Florida)

Solo Exhibition, June – August 1996, Cybeles Gallery (Buffalo, New York)

Two Painters, October 1999, Kepa Gallery (Denver, Colorado)

Faculty Exhibition, October 2001 – 2008, Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida)

Faculty Exhibition, September 2001- 2003, Scarfone Gallery, University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida)

Faculty Exhibition, November 1999- 2000, Upton Gallery, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, New York)

Art Uptown Group Exhibition,  December 2005, Art Uptown Art Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

National Woman’s Exhibition, Juried Group Exhibition, March 2004, Impacts Artists Gallery, (Buffalo, New York)

Art Focus Winter Exhibition (Group Invitational), December 2002, Graciela Giles Gallery (Bradenton, Florida)

Juried Group Exhibition, October 1999, Carnegie Art Center (Tonawanda, New York)

Drawings from Italy (Group Invitational), February – March 1999, Memorial Gallery, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

Juried Group Exhibition, February 1995, Upton Gallery, Buffalo State University (Buffalo, New York)

Thesis Exhibition, April 1999, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

Master of Fine Arts – Painting Group Exhibition, April 1998, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)

Buffalo State University Senior Exhibition, May 1995, Gallery 234 (Buffalo, New York)