About Me

The tradition of painting door and window screens for began in 1913 in Baltimore when a Czechoslovakian immigrant painted a screen to shade the fruit at his corner grocery store. By the 1930s, almost 100,000 painted screens were decorating East Baltimore row homes. It’s estimated there are less than 3,000 painted screens in use today and the art is practiced by less than a dozen artists.

Growing up in Baltimore, I was aware of this art and its usefulness in providing privacy for row home owners. Longing for my hometown while living outside of the area, I taught myself this art in 1998.

My style of screens are far from traditional style. With the a 20 year career in the darkroom of The Walters Art Museum, daily viewing of the Great Masters influenced in my personal take on the usually simple style of painted door and window screens.

My screen paintings range in sizes as small as 4” to as large as 6’. Painting in 2D has given me an opportunity to showcase my work in gallery settings. Wanting to add a 3D aspect to my art, I combined my leisure skills in costuming with my painting talents and created wearable art. With fiberglass screen as my canvas I’ve made gowns, dresses, corsets, aprons and costumes.

My career is my art and working with art. When I am
not painting, or creating costumes, I continue with my photography skills in scanning, archiving and taking photos. 
I remain in museums with exhibition  work at The American Visionary Art Museum.
I’ve had 3 exhibits entirely of my work and have been a part of about one show per month for the past 3 years. No awards to speak of other than having been tagged with the title of “The Bad Girl of Screen Painting.