Exhibitions & CV

Recent Commissions

Gateway to America Signage. Houlton, ME 2020

Pierce Park Signage for Historic Boy and The Boot Statue. Houlton, ME 2020 

Meduxnekeag River Trail Environmental Graphics and Way-finding Signs, Houlton, ME 2019

Development of Bruno Character for Signage and Hand-painted Panels Belmont Bookstore, Belmont, MA. 2017

Connections, a temporary street Mural. Public Art, Concord, NH for Love Your Neighbor building. 2013

Nine Lives and Every Season in a Day Mural. Gibson’s Bookstore Children’s section, Concord, NH 2013.

Meduxnekeag Watershed Historic Illustrated Map, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, 2009.

MAPS-Worldwide, Bangor, ME. Murals for Family Shelter. Spring 2009

Houlton Riverfront Park Timeline Signs. 2nd Series of 9, 2009; 1st Series of 10, 2007

History of Houlton 1897-2007, DVD packaging design, 2007

Undersea Treasures Mural for Stepping Stones 2 High St., Houlton, Maine in Direct Care Area to promote calm amongst children and promote sense of family. 2008

Hide and Seek Jungle Mural, for Stepping Stones 58 High St., Houlton, ME in Direct Care Area to integrate learning tools of busy toddlers in small space. 2007

Jamming and Jellies, Houlton Fair Poster, 2003

Post Cards for Peace. Public Art Project with SAD 29, 21st CenturyProgram & SACAP. 2002

Portraits for Private Collections ongoing.

Solo Exhibits

An American Story: The Phasianidae Family and Friends, venue: Olive Free Library, West Shokan, New York, USA, 2018

Gathering Goodness Mosaic, Health Alliance Hospital, Kingston, NH, 2017

Gathering Goodness Mosaic, Houlton Regional Hospital, Houlton, ME , 2016

Of Wind and Water, Uptown Coffee, Kingston, NY, 2015

Peace in the Pond: Lotus and Koi Unitarian Universalist of the Catskills Gallery, Kingston, NY 2014

Of Maine’s Coast, Starbucks, Bangor, ME, 2013

The Strength of Flowers. Five Element Healing Arts Center. 2008-2009.

Vault Restaurant Rotating Solo Exhibit. 2005, 2007, 2008

Mapping Landscapes of the Heart, Houlton, ME 2004

Another Art Thing. Jody’s in Cummings Station, Nashville, TN 1998

The Family Album Show. The Peanut Gallery, Nashville, TN 1997 Solo show.

One Woman Show. Houlton Center for the Arts Gallery, Houlton, ME. 1995

Group Shows

United Nation’s International Arts Festival & Bazaar, United Nations Visitors Lobby, New York, NY, 2019

Handwriting on the Wall:Encounters with Cancer through Memoir, Poetry and Art; Art Society of Kingston, Kingston, New York, 2018

Woodstock Byrdecliffe Guild Annual 5×7 Show, Woodstock, NY, USA 2014, 2015, 2018 

Arts in the Capitol: Aroostook Artists, Maine Arts Commission. Legislative Halls, Augusta, ME, 2009

Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project. Juried Artist for Visions Gallery 2003-2009

Illustrators Portfolio Exhibit. Simmons College, Boston, MA. Fall 2003

Paint Houlton’s Heritage, Houlton, ME. Juried Exhibit. Summer 2003

Fiddlehead Fine Art Auction. Houlton, ME. Juried Exhibit. Summer 2003

Arts Around the Square, Houlton,ME Summer 2003

The New York Showcase. Children’s Book Art Exhibition & Auction Roosevelt Hotel New York, NY February 2003

Art Connection, Houlton ME. Featured Artist. December 2002

Art Harvest. Houlton, ME. Fall 2002

Paint Houlton’s Heritage, Houlton, ME. Juried Exhibit. Summer 2002

Paint the Heartland, Hartland, NB. Juried Exhibit. Summer 2001, 2002

Annual Illustrator’s Portfolio Display. Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators

National Conference. Juried Exhibit. Los Angeles, CA Fall 1999-2001

Original Poster Presentation. Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators National

Conference. New York. NY Spring 2001

Southside School Art Auction , Houlton, ME. Spring 2001

Martin Luther King Memorial International Design Competition. 2000


Speaking Engagements

“Healing the Fabric Mending the Vessel” Sermon, South Church Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portsmouth, NH November, 2020 

“Gathering Goodness, The Dark and Light of Resilience” Sermon, South Church Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portsmouth February, 2020 

Keynote: “What Shall I Do With These Hands of Mine?”. Spiritual Care & Cancer: Addressing the Whole Person. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Spiritual Care Conference, Dover, NH October, 2019  

“The Incision,” “Blood Bones & Breath”  “The End of the World” What Shall I Wear to Be Buried In? Readings Handwriting on the Wall, Experiences with Cancer told through Art, Memoir & Poetry. May 2018 

“Crowdfunding What the Heck is It?” Ulster County Women’s Network April, 2017

Keynote Speaker:”Gathering Goodness”  National Cancer Survivor’s Day, June 2017 

“Gathering Goodness” International Cancer Day Kingston, NY Feb. 2017

“Welcome to Gathering Goodness Mosaic”, Houlton, ME July 2016 

“Earning While Learning, Inspiring Youth to Have a Better Life”  National Conference on Runaway and Homeless Youth for Family Youth Services Bureau for the Department of Health and Human Services, Minneapolis, MN  May 2008 

“Stepping Stones Supporting the Most Fragile Families through Positive Youth Development”. International Rotary Club, Houlton, ME , May 2006

“Dress for Success: A program model for Inspiring Youth to Succeed”. National Conference on Runaway and Homeless Youth for Family Youth Services Bureau for the Department of Health and Human Services  Portland , OR  May, 2006

“Maine Women’s Fund Grantee Acceptance Speech” Portland, ME, 2005 

“Sisters in Sight, Helping Teen Girls Keep Their Voices with Art, Improv and Writing.” Maine Women and Girls Conference Colby College, Waterville, ME. 2004 

“Growing the Creative Economy in Rural Settings.” Blaine House Creative Economy conference, Lewiston, ME. May  2004 

Professional Experience

1986-Present Exhibiting and commissioned Artist.

1998- Present Sole proprietor of Brown Dog Ink, graphic design services and including. Children’s books writing and illustration

2000-2002 Maine Arts Commission Consultant. Percent for Art Facilitator

1999-2000 Teaching Artist. Nashville Institute for the Arts.

1995-2000 Hawkins Partners Inc. Landscape Architects. Nashville, TN, Office Manager.

Education and Workshops

University of Bridgeport, College of Arts & Humanities, Bridgeport, CT

Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude,1988. Painting concentration.

University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME.

Progress on Bachelor’s of Education & Teaching Certificate 1993-1995.

Writing Workshop with Abigail Thomas, Woodstock, NY, 2014-present

Master Class Workshop Rainbarrow Studio, Littleton, ME, 2008-09

Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. International Conferences three in New

York City, NY and three Los Angeles, CA 1999-2003

Nashville Institute for the Arts. Refresher & training session 1999. Summer Session, 1998.

Show Not Tell. Weekly workshop for Children’s Illustrators. 1998-2001

Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. Mid south Spring Conference. 1998

Creative Writing with Richard Speight Belmont University, Spring 1999

Honors & Awards

Maine Women’s Fund Award Recipient 2005 for work to inspire women in girls in pursuit of creative expression.

Dana Scholarship Recipient for leadership and excellence in field of study. 1985-88

Earl Sprague Scholarship for excellence in art and design. 1986-1988.

University of Bridgeport Award for Painting,for Cumulative Work. 1988

1st Place Best in Show for Student Exhibitions, University of Bridgeport

Sculpture 1988. Painting 1986-1988. Drawing 1986-1987.

Professional Organizations & Community Involvement

Ulster County Women’s Network Member 2014 – present. Advisory Board Member 2015-18.

Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project(SACAP). Board Member. 2000-09

Aroostook Cultural Notebook Correspondent to Houlton Pioneer Times

Art Angel Auction Concept Creator & Co-Coordinator. December 01-03

Paint Houlton’s Heritage. Concept Creator & Coordinator, 2002-5

Portfolio Day, Concept Creator, Instructior & Coordinator . May 02-Jan. 2003

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI). 1999-2007

Portfolio Critique Coordinator at NE Illustrators Conference- 2003

Untitled. Art organization in Nashville, TN. Member: 1996-99