I grew up in Waverly, a small Pennsylvania village. Art endeavors have been my life’s pursuit. I studied fine art and pursued a degree in Art Education to be able to teach what I love. This started at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, then to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and finally retiring from teaching at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford PA where I initiated a full Jewelry and Metals program.
Throughout my career I maintained a studio at my home in Chester County, PA. I began with fibers and commissioned weaving as well as paper making with the Guild of Papermakers in Philadelphia. My painting interests began with a show at Montgomery County Community College. The task of filling that gallery space was daunting but certainly the jumpstart I needed for retirement. From that point I continue to exhibit locally in PA, CT, DE, and MD.
About my work:
I am a “process-oriented” artist. I use traditional materials in an unusual way to achieve a look I hope to be uniquely mine. My paintings often begin with thin washes of paint followed by layered glazes of color.
I don’t perceive myself as a realist by any means. Perhaps I moved into a touch of realism rather than from it. I continue to work on a body of paintings of anchorages along the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore where my husband and I spend summers on our sailboat. A pervading sense of power accompanies the large sweeping skies. Many paintings are completed from smaller plein air studies. I work with layers of acrylic applied with my hands, rags, and yes, sometimes brushes.
I find inspiration in the colors of nature and move on to make them emotional and personal to me. Collectors have touted my work as serene, calming and ethereal. Art Consultants find my work to be collectible for their institutional medical clients, inspiring a sense of calm and offering an open space.
Several of my paintings are in the private collections of Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, DC, Maryland waterfront homes and Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.
Memberships: Pottstown Area Art Guild (PAAG), Tristate Artist Equity
Retail prices range depending on size from $50 to $1200 for 36”x36”.