As a thirteen year old child, gingerly venturing from the Bronx, Alice attended the interview and portfolio presentation for admission to the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. When asked to name her favorite painting and to explain the reasons for her choice, she chose without hesitation, “The Girl with the Watering Can” by Renoir. Rather than by its sweetness alone, she was excited by the play of color and light in the painting.
As a young artist, Alice’s sketches seemed to capture the true character of her subjects. She was often caught by surprise by the emotion that emerged unconsciously through her hand. Michelangelo has been quoted as saying that he, as a sculptor, acts merely as an agent to free the figure from the stone. That same analogy can be applied to Alice’s art and the parallel between art and psychology.
After high school and throughout college, Alice continued studying art and, in addition, pursued a career in psychology, earning a doctorate in 1980. To Alice, the two fields of art and psychology are similar. The artist’s vision allows him or her to see people, scenes or objects in a novel light and then hopefully communicate that unique perception to the viewer. Similarly, the therapist assists the patient in revealing inner thoughts and feelings, thereby hopefully leading the patient to achieve greater emotional health. Both the canvas and the patient provide Alice with an exciting and engrossing interaction. Artists and psychologists understand the power of intervention. One stroke or one interpretation may have an impact upon the entire relationship.
Alice's Art Education - Formal fine arts training completed prior to 2002, includes:
2001 “Picture Provence” one week drawing the nude in the landscape, taught by Ruth Channing Middleman of Baltimore,MD
1999-2000 Painting, taught by Judith Heimann, Jewish Community Center, Baltimore, MD
1997-1999 Drawing from the nude, at the Mitchell School, Baltimore, MD
1985-1988 Drawing and Painting with Jim Cox, Schuler School, Baltimore, MD
1972-1973 John Mitchell, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
1970-1971 Joe Stefanelli, The New School for Social Research, NY, NY
1963-1967 Queens College of the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Fine Arts