graduated from Muskingum College
with a BA in Art Education, then continued her studies at the Aegean School of
Fine Arts in Paros, Greece
and at the Instituto de Allende in San Miquel Mexico.
After a career in the Hospitality business and while raising her two children,
she began studying again at Mass College of Art in Boston, MA and at the North
River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, MA. She has studied with numerous well
known Plein Air Painters of America; Lois Griffel, Charles Sovek, Peggi Kroll
Roberts, Ken Auster and Kim English to name a few. She exhibits regularly in
her gallery/ studio where visitors are welcomed.
“I am tending toward
simplification in most facets of my life. I’m discovering that by letting go of
“stuff”, both materially and emotionally, I can move more freely and get more
accomplished. My work is going in that direction as well.
My paintings are meant to present as much information as possible with a
few, well planned brushstrokes. I simplify my subject matter by looking at the
big dark and light shapes first, and ignore all the other “stuff”. That helps
me approach the painting abstractly at first; ignoring what the “thing”
actually is and simply piece the painting together like a puzzle. I work from
dark to light, big to small, until the subject emerges.
In the interest of simplification, I use a very limited palette. I find
that using just four colors, plus black and white, eliminates a lot of decision
making and creates more harmonious paintings.
Each painting is a unique record of a specific place and time and
highlights a subject that has caught my attention. They are meant to be
immediate and spontaneous impressions of my reactions to everyday life. It is
my hope that the viewer finds some connection that may help him stop, let go a
little, and take notice.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger,
more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage
to go in the opposite direction”.