EDUCATION:

Plymouth University – UK – SWEY Foundation Degree 2010 Academic Focus: Steiner Waldorf Early Years

Bennington College, Vermont USA - BA in Liberal Arts 2000 Academic Focus: Painting & Illustration

Studio Art Centers International, Florence ITALY - semester 1999 SF Art Institute, San Francisco USA - summer courses 1997

The Putney School, Vermont USA – high school diploma 1996 SF Waldorf School, San Francisco USA – elementary, middle 1992

WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE ARTS:

Freelance Illustrator, various Publishers, EUROPE, ASIA 4/01-1/13 Illustrating children’s books, from classic fables to new stories; researching for the project, preparing storyboards, dummys, and final illustrations in watercolor and collage, conversing with publisher for changes and final editing before publication .

In-house Illustrator, ErasmusCD libri, Pisa, ITALY 5/02-9/06 Creating original designs and illustrations, logos and headings, working on various projects from decorating the Water Museum, il Museo del Acqua, to creating illustrations for various projects.

Apprentice Art Teacher, Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, VT USA 6/03-8/03 Assisting with painting classes, creating lessons and working one on one with students, teaching a children’s book illustration class.

Assistent Designer, BirgitDesign, San Francisco, CA USA 6/98-8/99 Foux painting, marbling, gilding, art restoration, designing, proposing and painting murals (from private homes to church ceilings) participating in client meetings, designing stationary and business cards.

Visiting Artist, Grazia Ceramics, Deruta. ITALY 6/99–7/99 painting majolica ceramics, creating new styles and producing models for a new line of plates, cups, dishes, etc.

Gallery Attendant, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, VT USA 9/99-6/00 explaining exhibits to visitors, planning, hanging, displaying and overseeing artwork.

WORK EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING:

Lead Nursery Teacher, Berkeley Rose Waldorf Inspired School, Berkeley, USA. 7/2016-6/2017. Working with a group of sixteen 3-4 yr olds, creating age appropriate activities and rhythm, involvement with parents, collegues and school communits through meetings, festivals and events.

Parent & Child Group Leader, Seedlings Initiative Group, Aberdeen, UK. 6/14 – present. Offering a space where parents can share a calm morning with their children, making bread, singing songs and creating seasonal crafts, starting a craft group and singing group for older children and organizing festivals with families throughout the year.

Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher, Aberdeen Waldorf School, Aberdeen, UK. 1/10 – 11/13. Preparing daily, weekly, seasonal/annual schedule, implementing it, working with parents, celebrating festivals, attending conferences and teachers meetings, meeting with perspective parents, reviewing children, child studies, craft work for the classroom and weekly with the children, memorizing stories and new ring times and new songs/finger plays, creating puppet show, maintaining harmony within myself and the group.

English Teacher, The British School of Pisa, ITALY. 10/00 – 6/03 teaching English to children between the ages of 4 and 19 in groups of four to 25 students, as well as adult classes. Creating lessons, preparing students for exams, practicing listening, conversation, reading and writing skills through activities that involve students in a meaningful way and excite learning and the imagination. Material used: songs, literature, interactive games, art.

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS:

Visual Artist’s & Craft Maker’s Award, Aberdeen, UK, 2016

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Pictor Association, Turin, ITALY, 2002

Premio Citta’ di Pisa, L’hotel Duomo, Pisa, ITALY, 2001

The Slotnick Scholarship: Excellence in Painting, USA, 2000

The Park McCulla Award, USA, 1998

SOLO PAINTING EXHIBITIONS:

Recent Work, Newton Dee, Aberdeen, UK, 2010

Paintings by Ursula Mathers, Galleria Eclectica, Pisa, ITALY, 2007

Botanical Paintings, Art Op, Pisa, ITALY, 2006

A different Shade of White, Lo Chalet, Torre del Lago, ITALY, 2004-5

Solo Show, Five o’clock, Pisa, ITALY, 2004

Personal Exhibition, Il Ciglieri, Pisa ITALY, 2003

Light Origins, Jackson Pollock Centro, Pisa ITALY, 2002

GROUP SHOWS:

North East Open Studios, Aberdeen Waldorf School, Aberdeen, UK, 2012

Paintings by Ursula, Green Edge Cafe, Sheffield, UK, 2008

Il Tè, La Limonaia, Pisa, ITALY, 2006

Trame di Donne, Chiesa di S.Zeno, Pisa, ITALY, 2006

Edizioni Plus Illustration Exhibit, Palazzo Rettorato, Pisa, ITALY, 2005

M. Currier Center Opening, The Putney School, Vermont, USA, 2004

Action Painting, Stazione Leopoldo, Pisa, ITALY, 2004

Imago Mundi, Imago Galleria, Pisa ITALY, 2002

Fuoricentro Inougurazione, Gruppo ARS NOVA, Livorno ITALY, 2002

Imago Inaugurazione, Imago Galleria Pisa ITALY, 2002

 Premio Citta’ di Pisa, Hotel Duomo, Pisa ITALY, 2002 

 Prints by Hand, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley CA, USA, 2001 

 Senior Show, Bennington College VT, USA, 2000  

Spring Exhibition, SACI, Florence ITALY, 1999 

Peep Show, Junior Exhibition, Bennington VT, USA, 1998 

 One of a Kind, Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco CA, USA, 1997 

 Dark Horse, Sausalito CA, USA, 1997 

Young Artists Show, Brattleboro VT, USA, 1995 

 PUBLICATIONS:

The Second Book of Little Dragon Mu, Mu visits the Netherlands, written by Ann Katherine Isaacs and Robert Wagenaar, Edizioni Plus University Press, Pisa, ITALY – in press 

Alice nel Paese delle Lettere, written by Stefania Bigi, Campanila Editrice, Pisa, ITALY, 2007 

Arcobaleno sul Golden Gate, Mappamondo dagli Stati Uniti d’America, part of the Mappamondi series, Sinnos Editrice, Rome, ITALY, 2006 

Goccetta, written by Monica Bini, published with Just in Time, Torre di Lago, ITALY, 2006 I

Il Calendario del Riccio by Giuseppe De Benedittis, ErasmusCD libri in association with the Province of Pisa and UNICEF, Pisa, ITALY, 2005 

The First Book of Little Dragon Mu, Mu visits Europe, written by Ann Katherine Isaacs, including a CD with the story in 36 languages, Edizioni Plus University Press, Pisa, ITALY, 2005 

Donkey Skin by Charles Perault, The World’s Great Stories Series, Korean and English versions published, Kyowon Co., Ltd, Seoul, KOREA, 2005 

La Principessa Luna e il Pescatore di Perle, written by Andreina Chiari Branchi, published for UNICEF by ABAX Editrice, Parma, ITALY, 2004 

The Little Match Seller by Hans Christian Andersen, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003 

Gone with the Wind I & II by Margaret Mitchell, Ta Chien Publishing , Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontè, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003 

Sleeping Beauty, Ta Chien Publishing, Tainan, TAIWAN, 2003 

Drawings, Silo Journal of arts & letters, Bennington College, Bennington Vermont, USA, 1997