"Streams" is an exhibition of oil paintings, cello music, and recorded biophony and geophony near the stream. The paintings are layered observations with references to history and dream. I composed the music in layers of playing and recording the cello in a process similar to painting. The audio/visual aspect of this exhibition enhances synesthesia and imaginative engagement with the subject, which flows in a timeless style. An exhibition book was published with an essay by Richard Shiff, PhD, which you may read on the "Streams" page. The "Streams" evolved from a lifetime of landscape painting. In 2017 the use of stereoscopic technology has added a 3/D dimension to the paintings.
My 25 year mentorship with artist Willem de Kooning began in my teenage years when he saw one of my paintings and offered to be my guide. I have been a painter all my life with a particular fascination with color.
With an innate ability to perceive color I founded a color separation company when I was in my early 20's. As a specialist in the color separation of art for museums and galleries I became known as "The Color Doctor". Through this work I was able to handle and examine priceless works of art, which furthered my study of painting and drawing.
For the last 35 years I have taught drawing, painting and color to students of all ages and levels of ability, with a focus on perceptual translation of form and color. I have also assisted curators, scholars and writers in projects involving artists Willem de Kooning, John Graham, and Marsden Hartley. In January of 2015 I was invited to participate in "Cezanne Scholars' Day" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
In January of 2015 I presented a seminar at MIT in the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering called "Color, Chords, and Creativity", which described how visual art and music use universal natural structures to create hybrid forms. And in January of 2016 I returned to MIT to teach a weeklong I.A.P studio seminar about learning to see through drawing, painting and color.
I was represented by the Allan Stone Gallery in New York City for 15 years. Since 2014 I have been traveling with the "Streams" exhibition, teaching, and painting. My work is in museum, corporate, and private collections.
2015 A Ballet: "The Pool of Memory" - concept, 40' stage backdrop, costumes -
CT Ballet Summer Dance Caravan - a collaboration with CT Ballet (choreography & dancers), Joe Bouchard (music)
2015 Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn Avery Point,"Water, Water, Paean to a Vanishing Resource"
2014 Hiestand Galleries at Miami University, "Streams" solo exhibition - Oxford, Ohio
2014 Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn Avery Point, "Streams" solo exhibition - Groton, Connecticut
2012 The Art Place at Yale Physicians Building, featured artist exhibition - New Haven, Connecticut
2011 Mass Audubon Habitat, "Forest Life" solo exhibition - Belmont, Massachusetts
2011 The Gilbert Gallery at Miss Porters School, solo exhibition - Farmington, Connecticut
2011 The Art Place at Yale Physicians Building, featured artist exhibition - New Haven, Connecticut
2010 New London Railroad Station, "Land Alive" solo exhibition - New London, Connecticut
2010 The Art Place at Yale Physicians Building, featured artist exhibition - New Haven, Connecticut
2010 St. Philips Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, "H2O" group - Norwalk, Connecticut
2010 Hygienic Art Galleries, "Gesture - Making the Mark" select group - New London, Connecticut
2009 ADAA Art Show at Park Ave Armory, Allan Stone Gallery Booth - New York City, New York
2009 Carriage Barn Art Center, "Dem Bones" select group - New Canaan, Connecticut
2008 Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 Art Fair, Allan Stone Gallery Booth - Miami Beach, Florida
2008 Allan Stone Gallery, "Talent" group exhibition - New York City, New York
2007 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, "Putting the U Back in Curator" - Kansas City, Missouri
2004 Allan Stone Gallery, "Group" select group - New York City, New York
2003 Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, "The American Landscape" solo exhibition - Hartford, CT
1999 Allan Stone Gallery, "Fruits, Flowers, Skies & Pies" select group - New York City, New York
1998 Allan Stone Gallery, "Talent" group exhibition - New York City, New York
1996 Allan Stone Gallery, "Talent" group exhibition - New York City, New York
1996 Virginia Lynch Gallery, "Contemporary Landscape" - Tiverton, Rhode Island
1995 Allan Stone Gallery, "Talent" group exhibition - New York City, New York
1995 Virginia Lynch Gallery, "2 Artists" - Tiverton, Rhode Island
1992 Legislative Offices, solo exhibition - Hartford, Connecticut
1991 C. Grimaldis Gallery, "Perceptual Landscape Painting" - Baltimore, Maryland
1991 Connecticut State Treasury, "Solo Exhibition of 60 works" - Hartford, Connecticut
1991 Governor's Office, solo exhibition - Hartford, Connecticut
1991 Elaine Benson Gallery, "New Generation" - Bridgehampton, New York
1988 Ward Nasse Gallery, "The Artists' Choice" award exhibition - New York City, New York
1982 Elaine Benson Gallery, "Elaine de Kooning's Inadvertent Collection" - Bridgehampton, New York
1981 Paul Mellon Arts Center, solo exhibition - Wallingford, Connecticut
The September 11 Memorial Museum - New York City, New York
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - Kansas City, Missouri
The Yale Peabody Museum - New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University Physicians Building - New Haven, Connecticut
The Connecticut State Treasury - Hartford, Connecticut
H&R Block - Kansas City, Missouri
United Aluminum Corporation - North Haven, Connecticut
The Cohn Collection - New Haven, Connecticut
The Cohen Collection - London, England
The New Haven Arts Council - New Haven, Connecticut
The Meriden/Wallingford Hospital - Wallingford, Connecticut
The Mable Dodge House - Taos, New Mexico
The Allan and Clare Stone Collection - Purchase, New York
The Anthony Harvey Collection - Water Mill, New York
The Nouritza Matossian Collection - London, England
The Elaine de Kooning Collection
The Willem de Kooning Estate
The Katharine Hepburn Estate
The Dave Van Ronk Estate
and many other corporate and private collections
2014 "Streams" an exhibition book with an essay by
Richard Shiff, PhD (Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art History at University of Texas at Austin)
2014 Judith Zilczer, "A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning", Phaidon, 2014
2010 "Land Alive" an exhibition book with an essay by
Nouritza Matossian (Author of "Black Angel - The Biography of Arshile Gorky")
2010 Amy Barry, "Entering the World of Joan Levy Hepburn in Two Exhibits".
The Day, New London, CT. (8/12/10): Life Feature
2010 Sandi Shelton, "On Murray Pond: Preserve Inspires Painters, Writers, Musicians".
New Haven Register , New Haven, CT. (7/19/10): Life Feature
2010 Judy Samelson (Playbill Magazine), "Travels With Her Aunt"
Shoreline Times , Guilford, CT. (7/15/10): Life Feature
2010 Norwich Bulletin.com, "New Exhibit Opens at Hygienic Art Gallery", Jan. 21, 2010
2008 Jennifer Shafer Wood, "The Color Doctor Paints the Woods of Killingworth".
The Middletown Press , Middletoe, CT. (9/27/08): Weekend Feature
2007 Suzanne M. Levine, "Joan of Art".
Ink Magazine , Vol 2 Issue 10, (Oct : 2007) Feature Article
2004 Stevens & Swan, "De Kooning - An American Master" , Knopf Publisher, 2004
2002 Diane Smith, "Christmas in Connecticut" , Globe Pequot Publisher, 2002
1991 Julie Lynch, "Killingworth Artist Saves Hemlocks With a Paintbrush" ,
The Middletown Press , Middletown, CT. (12/26/91): Habitat Feature
1991 John Dorsey, "Landscapes at Grimaldis Display Distinct Styles".
The Baltimore Sun , Baltimore, MD. (7/15/91): Today, Section B
1991 "Benson Gallery to Open Season".
The Easthampton Star , Easthampton, NY. (5/10/91): Review of New Generation
2015 Interview Nutmeg TV, Studio 411 #132 with Larry Dasilva, Farmington, Connecticut
2015 Interview at the de Kooning Foundation, New York City, New York
1982 The Elaine de Kooning Slide Archive of Prominent Women Artists
1989 Kansas City Art Institute, Graduate Studies Program - Taos, New Mexico
1974 - 76 Kansas City Art Institute, B.F.A. Painting,(Bowan Drawing Award) - Kansas City, Missouri
1971 Rhode Island School of Design, Pre-College Program - Providence, Rhode Island
1969 - 97 Willem de Kooning, Private Mentor - Easthampton, Long Island, New York
1968 - 72 Buxton School - Williamstown, Massachusetts
1976 - 2002 Dave Van Ronk, Private Mentor - Greenwich Village, New York