b. 1964


Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
MFA in Painting 2000
Summa Cum Laude, Bernard Vinick International Scholar Award

Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
BFA in Illustration 1986
Magna Cum Laude, Awards of Distinction


2018   AutoCAD 260 Certification, LinkedIn Learning, Orlando, FL
2014   AP Studio Art Certification, College Board Association Taft School, Watertown, CT
2014   Final Cut Pro X (one-on-one training), Apple, West Hartford, CT 
2008  Artists & Technology, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
2008  Five Days of Fire, Cone 10 Firing Workshop, Canton Clay Works, Canton, CT
1999   Spanish, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
1988   Graphic Design, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1987   MS Project, MS Excel, New Horizons, Bloomfield, CT 
1981    Center of Creative Youth (CCY) Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 


Sun Sea Originals, LLC (FL) and Kelly Art Studios, LLC (CT)
2015 - Present

Lead Artist| Designer | Creative Project Manager | Art Teacher             

Nationally exhibited painter, illustrator, muralist, photographer, ceramicist, and motivational speaker. Provides technical as well as aesthetic expertise in the development of immersive products. Teaches drawing painting anatomy concept and character development as well as portfolio prep to students throughout the USA. Publications feature my writing, illustration and photography.
Clients: Virtical, Atheneum, Penguin, Holiday House, Teaching K-8 Magazine, CIGNA

Left Brain Games, Inc., Torrington, CT
2014 - 2015
Creative Technologist (Part time)                                                   

Responsible as primary technical artist within a fast moving, rapidly evolving startup designing and launching interactive mobile games. Branded products led brainstorming sessions. Designed marketing materials. Created art assets, user interface, and wireframes. Wrote product stories. Performed cross-platform testing. Collaborated with engineers. Advised on UX.

Clients: DARPA, PBSKids, Kid Awesome, EyeTech Digital Systems, Ripley, and Mattel Corp

Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
2013 - 2014

Co Teacher, Higher Education   
Collaboratively taught painting and drawing in the art studio alongside Cat Balco, Associate Professor Painting and Drawing. Also,  developed demos, facilitated student communications using Blackboard. Substitute Teacher on-call for courses in Thinking and Drawing, Drawing from Life, and Perspective.

Canton Clay Works, Canton, CT
Intern Ceramic Studio
Responsible for the processes that keep a fine craft, educational, and production pottery studio running smoothly. Fired kilns, installed ceramic exhibitions, mentored students, mixed glazes and launched a photo gallery to demystify the craft and processes of Salt and Wood firings and encourage students to advance into it.

Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester, CT
Program Consultant              
Launched ongoing Youth Gallery Program inside the Children’s Museum
Presented “Jackson Pollock” a family art making event for 120+ attendees.

Police Activities League (PAL), Manchester, CT
Artist | Teacher | Producer
Proposed and facilitated an Urban Youth Mural Project. Mentored youth in planning, painting, photography, and a community-based unveiling and reception.

Developing Artist Institute, LLC - Manchester, CT
2001 – 2006
Founder | Director | Employer | Art Teacher    
Founded a successful, private, art school. Developed curricula and taught year-round, all-ages, art classes, including drawing, painting and ceramics, youth and teen camps, and adult figure drawing. Maintained a 4,000 sq. ft. building in the Historic District. Hired, trained, and supervised teachers, and staff. Managed an onsite art store and art library. Taught 2D & 3D studio art and workshops. Fired kilns. Promoted and Installed monthly art exhibits free to the public. Presented and hosted conferences on creativity and community partnerships. Our portfolio students were accepted by their top choice art colleges throughout the USA.
Clients: Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester Historical Society, Manchester Public School, Bolton Public Schools

The McGraw-Hill Companies, New Media Division
1991 - 2001

       Project Manager  (1996-2001)                                                                                                         

Managed high-cost interactive simulation-based reading, science, and math products for state adoption. Served as a product manager and key holder with deep knowledge of product requirements, cross functional processes, and pipelines. Spearheaded stakeholder communication through targeted and concise written and verbal communication. Highly detailed, strategic and risk averse project tracking of budgets, client, and product objectives. Led teams through candid feedback, lessons learned, and responsive innovation. Collaborated with 80+ experts in multiple time zones with expertise in ID, art, animation, translation, AV, engineering, documentation, UX, permissions, legal, and QA. Managed offshore developers and verified deliverables. 

        2D Artist, Illustrator, Lead Outsource Artist (1991 – 1996)

Responsible for digital concept, design, illustration, and product development in collaboration with Instructional Designers and Engineers in the launch of engaging, interactive educational software for grades K-12. Outsource Art Lead to art vendors. Established aesthetic standards across product lines. Reviewed and critiqued art, tracked art into software and verified products were on brand. Signed invoices for 2D and 3D outsource artists.

North Green Country Day School, Woodbury, CT
Pre-school Art Teacher | Program Designer
Developed Preschool Art Program, purchased materials, and taught 3–4-year-olds.

Promotional Innovations - Stamford, CT
1989 - 1991
Adobe Trainer | Apple Trainer | Studio Manager
Managed a fast-paced promotional art studio. Trained Art Directors in methods and practice of digital design, Apple hardware and software: Adobe Suite (Photoshop) and Quarkxpress.

Davidoff & Partners Advertising Agency, Westport, CT
1988 - 1989
Graphic Designer, Darkroom Technician
Responsible for high quality paste up and mechanicals for advertising accounts including Dominos Pizza, Haagen Daz, Metro Mobile and Alvin Ailey Dance. Maintained and operated darkroom and photostat equipment.

Picture This of Westport, CT
1987 – 1988
Custom Picture Framer   
Responsible for custom design and sales of professional picture framing solutions.
Deep knowledge of art aesthetics, color theory, design, handling of originals and collectables, and professional use of framing equipment including electric saws, matt cutters and laminators. Proficient in the fabrication of framing solutions for 2D and 3D fine art and fine craft with a track record for 100% on time and on specification design objectives. Exhibit design and installation.


2021   Small Art Big Impact
Lina Rincon Gallery, Sarasota, FL
2021   Into the Blues, 3rd Place Ribbon Photography
Lina Rincon Gallery, Sarasota, FL  
2021   Here comes the Sun, Juror, Savannah Magnolia      
Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL
2021   Onward and Upward
Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL
2020  The Big Show, National
Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL
2018  Healing Nature, National | Juror, Mark Adams
Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA                    

2018  Member Exhibit | Juror, Randi Hopkins
Provincetown Art Museum, MA
2014 Invitational | Curator, Christopher Hayes
Autumn Light Gallery, Avon, CT 

2012 Invitational | Curator, Kathy Williams
Norfolk Artisan Guild, Norfolk, CT 
2011  Future Tense, International | Curator, David Borawski
David Borawski Projects        
2011   WordArt 2011 | Curator, Ken Green
Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT 
2008  Ceramics Invitational | Curator, Tim Scull
Canton Clay Works, Canton, CT 
2007  Sacred Spaces | Curator, Nancy Wynn
Clare Gallery, Hartford, CT 
2002  Invitational | Curator, Walter Wickiser
Walter Wickiser Gallery, NYC 
2002 Invitational | NEA
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL 
2001  Invitational | Catalogue
Visual Arts Center Northwest Florida, PC, FL
2000 Abstraction International
Period Gallery, Lincoln, NE 
2000 International | Catalogue
Iowa State University, Ames, IA                
1997  Connecticut Women Artists
New Britain Museum/American Art, New Britain, CT

2021  Sun, Sea & Sarasota
Zero Empty Spaces, Sarasota, FL
2013  The Art of Local Lakes
West End Store, Barkhamsted, CT
2013  Paradise Near and Far
Norfolk Artisan Guild, Norfolk, CT
2012  Art Inspired by Life
Kelly Art Studios Gallery, Burlington, CT
2003  Fluid Static
Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
2001  Aqua Terra
Blue Circle Gallery, Middletown, CT
1999  Flow
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT
1998  Water Rising
University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT

2010  Foto365                                   
Artposse, CT & FL Members: Aric Attas, Kathleen Kelly, David Borawski, Nancy Wynn
2004  Who Do You Love
Conceptual art and portrait project and public exhibit at Buckland Court, South Windsor, CT 

2003  Flow - Art Documentary                           
As Director published an art documentary about my art process and thesis exhibition.
Matthew Stonewell, Musician. 
William Bradford, videographer. Aric Attas, Photography.

2021-22 HD Camera Operator
Grace Community, Lakewood Ranch, FL 

2014 Volunteer, Northwest CT Arts Council
2013  HD Camera Operator and Film Director
New Media Technology, VCBC, Avon, CT

2013  Haiti Art Camp | Curriculum Advisor | Volunteer Trainer
VCBC, Avon, CT

2013  Youth Art and Adult Art Juror
Harwinton Fair, Harwinton, CT

2009  Ceramics, First Place Award
Manchester Art Association, South Windsor, CT

2009  Hall of Fame Inductee
Manchester Arts Commission, City of Manchester, CT

2005  Art Education Committee | Board Member
Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT
2005  Art Advisor to the Exec. Director
Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester, CT 

2004  Exhibits | Curatorial Committee Member
Huntington House Museum, Winsor, CT

2003  The Loom Room | Commission
Manchester Historical Society, Manchester, CT

2003  Board Member
Manchester Arts Commission (MAC), Manchester, CT

2001              President, Manchester Art Association (MAA), Manchester, CT
1996              State President, Vice President, CT Chapter Business and Professional Women

2014              Seeing Color in Shadows, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT
2012              Brushwork for Potter’s, Slip and Glazes, Kelly Art Studios, New Hartford, CT
2012              Art Inspired by Life, Kelly Art Studios, Burlington, CT
2007              The Self-Portrait, Connecticut Association of Schools, University of Hartford, CT  
2006              An Artist with Autism, Manchester Art Association, Manchester, CT 
2005              Who Do You Love, Village at Buckland Court, South Windsor, CT
2004              Fluid Static, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
2004              The Art of Islam, ceramic tile workshop, Manchester High School, Manchester, CT
2000              The Art and Culture of Spain, Business and Professional Women of Connecticut
2000              Flow, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
1998              Water Rising | Higher Ed Critique, University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT
1989 - 1995    Young Authors and Illustrators, Motivational Tour, Connecticut Public Schools, CT

2009                Silk Fist Songs, Cover Photo, Antrim House Books, Marilyn Johnson, Poet
2003 - 2005     Art Methods, Featured Columnist, ArtFX Magazine, CT
1992                Board Game of Children’s Literature, Illustrator, Teaching K-8 Magazine, CT
1991                One Ghost Too Many, YA Book Illustrator, Penguin Books, NYC 
1990                Sister’s Long Ago, YA Book Illustrator, Penguin Books, NYC
1989                Literary Classics, Book Illustrator, Chelsea House Publishing, New Haven, CT
1988                Babies! Book Photographer, Holiday House Publishing, NY
1988                River Friends, Author and Illustrator, Atheneum Children’s Books, NY

Art Center Sarasota                                                    
College Art Association (CAA) 
Art and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County             
Wadsworth Atheneum
National Oil and Acrylic Painters                               
Northwest CT Arts Council
Plein-air Painters of Florida                                       
National Association Women Artists
Light Chasers, Sarasota, FL                                       

2006 Manchester Arts Commission 
2004 Paier College of Art 

Hawaii                         2013    The Big Island of Hawaii and Kauai
Italy                             2001    Rome, Florence, and Venice 
Spain and Portugal     1998    Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Lisbon
Ireland                         1998    Dublin, Belfast, Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork

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