I think in pictures and those pictures tell stories. I was raised among creators and watching them started me on my own art journey to share with others what I see in my head. I was that kid who volunteered to clean the art teacher's studio where questions could be asked and art tools touched. I was an art major in college, painting was my main love. But when I met a major fork in the road, security won out for a life as a tenured professor in International Affairs. The artist in me couldn't resist, so I wrote about urban design and art as propaganda. And I always made precious time for art. The next time opportunity knocked, I took the other path.
Twenty years ago my portrait commissions had a wider audience just as I was getting sick from the volatile esters in the paint. I tried alternatives and learned photography, doing digital restoration and physical repair for others. As these skills grew, I rediscovered my passion for painting from my own imagination once again, embracing mixed media with oil pastels, water color, pigmented ink, and photography to release my stories into the world.
It transformed my art. I'm proud of my work and love meeting so many interesting people as a result, many of them remaining in my life as friends.
My husband Paul is my best friend. We were born and raised in the Midwest but careers took us to Miami where we met and married thirty-four years ago in the tower of the Biltmore.
More recently we returned to the Midwest and the Big City girl now lives in a very small town forty miles east of the Mississippi River in a region called The Driftless. It's a place bypassed by the glaciers of the last three Ice Ages, a uniquely beautiful area of deeply carved, narrow valleys, hardwood forests and grassy meadows. Trout streams and lakes fill irregularities never scoured flat by ice. Our home is high above town, enough to see far and wide.
Some of the best skies in my portfolio are from my studio window. The richness of color comes from the decades in Miami.
We met on a street corner in our underwear. Go ahead and laugh . . . running the Miami Marathon relay! And we’re still at it. Our children are grown and our every day ends on a date.
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My strategies and processes are very like how I was trained. I sketch loosely, then block in color, shading and shadowing, painting the background first, then details followed by refinements, wait a few days, review and revise, rinse and repeat.
Once I decide the art is finished, I sign-date-title it. Everything is handmade using pastels, alcohol and pigmented inks, and other enhancements including gold leaf on heavy fine art papers or canvas. Everything in or on the original is archival for highest quality and longest life.
Originals and limited edition prints are marked discretely with my embossed logo and cypher to certify that status.
What I create--my real product--is beauty, with happiness baked into the artwork.
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