I am a religion scholar, artist, and mind-body energy healer.
My academic work is in world religions and ethics, focusing on health care ethics, sexual ethics, gender and world religions, and the nature of religion. In recent years, I have been exploring connections between quantum physics, religion, spirituality and healing.
My art work was first inspired in Rome where I spent five years. Each day walking to the university, I stopped in churches filled with masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, Michelangelo, explored the great archaeological parks where soaring Roman monuments evoked the genius of unnamed architects, and wandered through the narrow streets and alleys where yellow ochre and sienna hued palaces created an ever surprising urban canvas.
My love affair with Italy awakened a deep urge to find a way to capture the feeling and experience of those places in pigment and canvas. In 2003, with a few brushes, some acrylic paint and a fresh canvas, I spent the afternoons of my vacation in Provincetown diving into this new medium of creativity and expression. Over the next four years I experimented with different subjects - landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, and human form, and shifted exclusively to oils.
In 2008, I took one of Robert Cardinal's painting workshops in Provincetown. Cardinal is renowned for his dramatic use of late evening and early morning light to create rich contrasts and color. The lessons were invaluable and foundational for bringing my work to a new maturity.
Since 2002, I have been exploring connections between mind, body, and spirituality. I have had the privilege of working with extraordinarily talented energy practitioners such as Deb Morreale, Stephanie Grenadier, Steve Ridini and Naomi Barrett. I began formal training in this work with Lourdes Gray at the John Harvey Gray Institute. Lourdes' late husband, John Gray, was one of a select few master Reiki teachers trained by Hawayo Takata, herself taught by Chujiro Hayashi who learned Reiki from Mikao Usui.
In 2017, I launched a new center called Pergamon. This will be a place in Provincetown to weave together art, mind-body energy healing, and soul work. I continue to teach religion in Boston, organize international travel for religious, educational and cultural groups at Illume, and paint.
History of Art Exhibitions
2009 SoWa Open Studios, Boston, 2009 United South End Artists Open Studios, 2009 Juried Exhibition - Boston Arts Festival, 2010 United South End Artists Open Studios, 2010 Juried Exhibition - Atlanta Fine Arts League, 2011 United South End Artists Small Pieces Exhibition at OKW Gallery, 2011 Solo Exhibition at Peconic Vineyards - July - Artist of the Month, 2012 United South End Open Studios, 2013 Art Essex Gallery, 2013 United South End Open Studios, 2013 Juried Exhibition - Art Essex Gallery Invitational, 2014 New Works - October Exhibition - Art Essex Gallery, 2016 - Open Studio Event - Provincetown, 2017 - Members Open - PAAM - Provincetown. On Center Gallery - Provincetown. Member of Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
History of Academic Work
B.A. - University of Dallas 1977
S.T.L. - Gregorian University 1980
Ph.D. - Southern Methodist University 1992
Teaching experience: University of Dallas (1983-1985), Albertus Magnus College (1991-1997), St. Francis School of Nursing (1991-1997), Charter Oak State College (1997 to present), Northeastern University (2008-2014), Emmanuel College (1997 to present).
History of Energy Work
John Harvey Gray Institute - Reiki 1 and 2 (2017)
Member of International Association of Reiki Professionals.