|I have been a professional artist for 18 years with close to 25 years of academic study of the arts and humanities, and almost 10 years teaching these disciplines. I studied the fine arts in Rome, Italy, Indiana, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. My studio is on the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC and my work is in private and public collections across the United States. Broadly speaking, my artwork is a contemporary celebration of divinity in creation. I draw upon many spiritual traditions from Sufism, mystical Christianity to some forms of Hinduism. This rich heritage inspires the visual expression of my work in a particular way. Currently, the primary components of this expression are the hollow or empty figure and the contrasting solid or full figure. I enjoy exploring ways in which the emptiness of the hollow figure might be full and the full figure might be empty.