“I believe artists can be created. An individual needs to be inspired, have the intention to learn and be willing to put effort into the learning process. Art books, magazines, other artists and teachers are all helpful, as well as an eagerness to try new techniques and enjoy the process.”
I was raised within the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks. My mother, also an artist, was a great influence. I have a degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oswego, and in Landscape Development and Ornamental Horticulture from VTC. My semester in Italy and travels throughout Europe exposed her to wonderful works of art.
When we moved to Vermont, I lived in Barre amidst the granite quarries and sculptures. As I raised my 3 children, I progressed from learning stained glass to pastels to watercolors. At VTC, freehand drawing and drafting were introduced; figure drawing, with Bill Braer, began in Montpelier. I continued her watercolor studies in classes with Kathy Berry-Bergeron of Jericho.
In 2004 I won First Prize in Watercolor during the NVAA June Juried Show, at the Bryant Gallery, in Jeffersonville. I exhibit my work in local art shows and have participated in Open Studio and the Plein Art Festivals in Jericho Center and Waitsfield.
I taught Beginner and Intermediate Adult watercolor classes and workshops through the Essex Junction Recreation Department. I am a member of the Essex Art League and enjoy painting with friends.
“My paintings start with an idea that I need to contemplate for awhile. When a plan evolves, I make several small sketches to try out various compositions and a value plan. As I finally start painting I get absorbed in the process. It’s a type of quiet meditation. This is an important part of my life.”