About The Artist
I was born in New York City but conceived in Puerto Rico. As a native New Yorker, I attended St. John’s University and graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in Secondary Art Education. After graduation, I designed the curriculum for several community education programs that focused on bilingual, bi-cultural education for inner-city preschool-aged students. I also co-authored a Department of Health, Education, and Welfare-funded program focused on bi-culturalism through art. This program was used in pre-school centers in the South Bronx and other neighborhoods in New York. I served as an art teacher for grades 9–12 at Jamaica High School in the NYC school system, a part time lecturer of art history at St. Johns University, and an instructor of studio drawing classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. During this time, there was a freeze in permanent teaching licenses as well as a defunding of many art education programs throughout the city. As a result, I was prompted to make a career change, but I never abandoned my innate desire to create.
After a successful 49-year career as an executive in hotel marketing and management in Washington, DC and New York City, I recently retired from the hospitality profession. I currently work as a consultant and freelance artist. While working in the hotel industry, I continued to privately nurture my passion for personal artistic expression. I was able to maintain this passion over the years through the relentless development a body of work that I donated to various community organizations for their own fundraising purposes. My body of work normally ranges in styles and mediums while representing color as the main feature. I draw on influences from multiple sources and concepts focusing mostly on non-figurative across various surfaces including canvas, linoleum, paper, wood, or other found materials.
I have lived in Washington, DC for over 40 years now and currently serve on the boards of GALA Hispanic Theatre and Carlos Rosario International Charter School. I was the Set Designer for three GALA Hispanic Theatre Productions in 1991, 1992, and 1995. I have also served on other boards in the metropolitan DC area as well including Destination DC, Washington Performing Arts, Identity, and on advisory committees for the Commission on The Arts and Humanities and SBA.
A note of deep appreciation and gratitude to Jay Haddock, my husband and life partner of 50 years, who has always been there encouraging and supporting my work.