A New Jersey native, I received a BFA in Film and Television at New York University, and many years of instruction in drawing the human figure at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief but fruitful sojourn in a Benedictine monastery, my life has been largely occupied with studying and working in animation. Among my favorite things are afternoon tea, musical theatre, puppetry, figure drawing, watercolor painting, Fiestaware, English blue-and-white transferware, Italian Maiolica, vegetarian cooking and art museums. Personal and liturgical prayer and meditation are essential aspects of my daily life, as well as a bit of hatha yoga.

A Painting in Three Stages



"Going Forth"
Versions 3, 2, and 1
This watercolor painting was commissioned by Good Shepherd parish in Beverly Hills, California, for a Mother's Day card, in connection with a wonderful annual prison-visiting program.  The scene depicts Jesus departing from Mary, going forth to do His good work.  The first version, at the bottom, felt too ponderous.  Mary felt too distressed.  The second, in the middle, felt too twee, and the posing on the figures was too unclear.  Finally, the third version, at the top, felt about right.  It has a better balance of hope and longing.  The figures appear to be about the right ages.  There is enough left to the imagination to engage the viewer.  This was a deceptively simple challenge!  

Reflection on Palm Sunday 2014
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)


Going Forth
Version 3
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)

Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent
"A Tomb With a View"
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)


"iDol Worship"
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)


"Anything You Want" from Sofia the First








































This song sequence, "Anything You Want," was done for a recently-aired episode of Sofia the First, under the fine direction of Jamie Mitchell at Disney TV Animation.  Megan Mullally provided the marvelous voice track, and the original inspiration for the staging was Gwen Verdon's performance of "Whatever Lola Wants" in Damn Yankees.
Copyright the Walt Disney Company.


Reflection on Laetare Sunday
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)



Reflection on the Third Sunday of Lent
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)


Going Forth

Going Forth
(graphite and watercolor on paper, 2014)