For years, I thought it would be wonderful to have the time to sit under a tree and sketch nature. After retirement, a Women’s Nature Retreat spurred me in that direction. My love of nature didn’t begin until I was a mother watching bugs crawling up blades of grass and frosted feathers on the window panes which my pre-school children noticed. We learn from our children, if we allow it.
Living in Vermont, enhances my desire to be outdoors. As a hiker, biker and birder, my surroundings are usually begging me to put them on paper. Initially, I photographed my surroundings and did pen and ink sketches using lines and stippling. However, when participating in a plein air event, I realized the importance of making my own decisions about light and values and creating my own style. Nature is in Technicolor so color is now part of my artistic endeavors, using colored pencil and watercolor.
Whether in Vermont’s woods, fields, on the spine of the Green Mountains, or in my travels across the country, the combination of simplicity and complexity in nature’s designs inspires and challenges my artistic focus.
I have participated in plein air festivals in Vermont and New Hampshire; exhibited at the Emile Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, VT; Jericho Town Hall; Old Mill, Jericho, VT, Burnham Library, Colchester,VT; Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction, VT and the Phoenix Bookstore, Essex, VT.
I am a member of the Essex Art League in Vermont.