A 2006 vacation to Monhegan Island, ME, spurred the return to “my art” after being away for over 30 years. The artists there inspired me to buy some watercolor pencils, paper, and brushes to sketch a rusted, white iron bucket of bright red geraniums at the Monhegan House.
I began studies with painting classes with Wakefield, MA –artist Mary Taggart. As I became more confident and adventurous, I further explored art. To date, I have studied and painted with master pastel artist and national juried oil painter Aline Ordman, of White River Junction, VT; oil and acrylic painter Emily Passman, of Lexington, MA; natural science illustrator and watercolor painter Sandy McDermott, of Exeter, NH; contemporary nature painter Elizabeth Awalt, of Concord, MA, and digital photographer and printmaker Barbara Ford Doyle, of Chatham, MA.
I draw inspiration from color and light and nature and its every season, whether it is from a grand vista of the White Mountains in Sugar Hill, NH; the marshes and dunes of Plum Island; in Newburyport, MA; the rocky shore and steep hills of Acadia National Park, in ME; or the birds that visit my feeders. Making art for me is all about color, light, and working alongside the Creator.
Since childhood, I’ve had a spiritual connection to the outdoors, drawing, painting, and photography. I first picked up charcoal, pastels, and oil paints at age 12 when I took oil painting classes with Wakefield painter Nancy Gambone. Throughout high school I took art classes. Being able to pursue “my art” today is a true blessing that emerged from disability resulting from Takayasu’s arteritis, a very rare autoimmune disease and form of vascultiis that attacks the major arteries. You can learn about vasculitis at www.vasculitisfoundation.org.
I always surround myself with the arts. I love music both as a choral singer, listener, and a concert goer. I regularly attend performances at the Huntington Theatre, in Boston, and love art museums. Even my 35-year career in marketing and public relations profession drew from my “right brain” creative mind as it involves writing and communicating visually. Additionally, I took graphic design classes at the Massachusetts College of Art; and studied graduate-level marketing management at Northeastern University after receiving a bachelor degree in communications from Bridgewater State University and minoring in radio and TV production where I also took classes in photography.
I belong to the Newburyport Art Association (MA), Concord Art Association (MA), the Reading Art Association (MA), the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield (MA), and the New Hampshire Plein Air Artists group.
Available for commissions. My main mediums are oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. I am also exploring mixed media incorporating photography.