I have been a painter and designer since receiving my BFA in printmaking at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and my MFA in painting at Claremont Graduate University in California.
Moving to New York in 1977 furthered my committment to both the fine and the applied arts. Working at The Drawing Center, The American Crafts Museum and The Heller Gallery provided ample opportunities to emmerse myself in both worlds, as did exhibiting my "Pattern Paintings" with Barbara Gladstone Gallery in NY and Bruno Bischofberger in Switzerland.
In 1983 I began a long and rewarding career as Director of Decorative Painting with Evergreene Architectural Arts in NYC. My fine arts background and passion for the decorative arts were a perfect marriage for the position that I held for 32 years. During my tenure, I designed and invented hundreds of decorative finishes for some of the most important interiors around the country. I have led workshops, lectured, written articles and advised architects and interior designers too numerous to name.
Along the way, I began to work in clay. Little did I think it would become the passion that it has. For many years now, my ceramic practice has become an integral part of RobRoi Design, my painting and mixed media work on paper.
My ceramics walk a thin line between the worlds of fine and applied art. As a ceramic artist and designer I make functional vessels as well as sculpture that have strong surface patterning.
As a painter, I am concerned with more narrative, biographical material. With references to historic, botanic and multi- cultural patterning, layered with personal symbols and imagery, my work provides depth both visual and metaphorical. Pattern and it's disruption are often the scaffolding beneath the imagery of my mixed media works on paper.
My long standing interest and passion for pattern, in nature, human nature and in the man-made world continue to provide inspiration for both my 2D and 3D work.