"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." Christopher Columbus
Growing up in New England gave me a love of natural beauty and grounded me with traditions for seasons of change. Travel to the west began a courageous journey toward how the arts can change your life. Participation in workshops in Yosemite, Art Associations, photo journeys, and entrance into "Timberline Gallery" in Oakhurst, CA was like "losing sight of the shore". You never know where you will land! Preparing for shows, juried exhibitions, writing grants for the Arts and eventually serving on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Watercolor Association and the Arizona Alliance for the Arts has been incredibly challenging and rewarding. Courage moves you forward. A colorful past makes your paintings that much more interesting! Giving back through the local arts community makes it all worth it.
Travel produces incredible photographs that bring back journeys that find their way as reference to a painting in one way or another. Watercolor is my main medium, but I have also created some acrylic works. My work can be seen at juried exhibitions with Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA), Arizona Art Alliance, Norton County Arts Council, and local art shows both in Arizona and Kansas. A collage is where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. The transforming power of art also breathes new life into our lives from a collage of experiences. Collage works are a part of my new signature series, layering people, places, and favorite things into a varied juxtaposition of color, value, and creative background texture. I showcase each painting on a note card.
Works range from traditional still life settings, to landscapes including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, local western scenes, equestrian studies, flowers, and fishing scenes from Vermont where I fished with my Grandfather. Water surrounded me most of my life, and I paint many scenes that include rivers, streams, and wildlife. Extensive hiking and boating has produced access to sketch a number of favorite scenes. I have had the privilege of illustrating 2 children's books. I look forward to the day when I can work full time as an artist, travel, participate in and organize art workshops. The Journey to Studio III! Look for upcoming updates on the Pure Prairie building in historic downtown Norton, KS. The goal is to develop this historic building into a local Arts and Cultural Center, for classes and exhibitions.