The Gratitude Project
Paintings and Poems of the Poets Laureate

The Gratitude Project


On Thanksgiving 2020, The New York Times invited poets laureate of the United States to submit, in 100 words or less, “what the people in their States would be thankful for” after the difficult year of COVID 19.  


I was inspired to create a series of paintings interpreting each State poet’s submission, in an attempt to capture visually the spirit of the poetry.  My oil paintings are on 20” X 16” canvas and contain geographic elements, symbolic use of color, and a subliminal outline of the State within it.


My proposed art exhibit, entitled “The Gratitude Project”, highlights The New York Times articles, the responding poets laureate poems, and the paintings they have inspired.

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Artist's Statement

I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My love of nature and especially flowing water, I attribute to growing up on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.

I followed my dream and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Design.

My paintings reflect havens I seek for  peaceful places to think about the diversity of our planet. I often paint, “en plain air” or from my imagination. Oil paint gives me the fluidity and richness of colors that I prefer.

When I was awarded a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship from the United States Government in memory of the teacher astronaut, I developed a strong interest in space exploration as a subject for my art. I have returned to this theme periodically, interweaving my abstract paintings with references to the cosmos. I continued to explore new possibilities in my visual journey by also working on clear heavy Mylar instead of canvas.

My goal is to create a vision of the physical world moving and changing and to experience it as something that is exciting, fresh and new.