As an artist, my first love is oils. I never tire of the application, the layering, and the tones; the medium offers endless exploration. I often work from photographs – gathered in my travels in the U.S., Europe, and Canada – working through sketches to drafts that may hang in my studio for months or years until a final image emerges. In recent years, I have been exploring abstract expression.
Of course, monoprints are much faster. As the name implies, a monoprint is “one print.” The composition is painted on Plexiglas with special inks, often combined with natural materials or stencils, and then run through a press for one print. While the composition is labored, the final production is instantaneous and always surprising.
I still delight in the deceptively simple Nova Scotia landscape. This has been a happy journey, one that has no end in sight.
I have been a painter in oils for 50 years, although I sometimes work in acrylics or watercolors. I have also been a printmaker for 15 years working mostly with monoprints. My work varies from representational to abstract.
I first trained at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston Massachusetts and was mentored by Henry Hensche from the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown. I later received printmaking training from the Museum School of Art in Boston and continued for 10 years at the South Shore Art Collaborative in Cohasset Massachusetts. Over the years, I also graduated from Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston and worked as a floral designer for 10 years to help support my family.
I lived with my husband Jack and raised three boys in Boston for many years. Since 2008, my husband and I began spending time in Nova Scotia and eventually moved here. The waters and forests of Nova Scotia have not stopped providing inspiration to my paintings and prints.
My work has been shown consistently in galleries and small museums in the New England area as well as Guysborough, Antigonish, and Halifax.