I strive to create portraits that express the feeling of the subject and perhaps something of their life. I love trying to capture scenes of reality while expressing the interest and emotion I feel for the subject.
I have found that I prefer different mediums for different subjects. I have found that using watercolor helps me create the softness and luminosity I want, especially in younger or more whimsical subjects.
I like using pastels for quickly capturing models in life classes or formal commissions.
For more complex studies that require more time, I try and create the realism that one can achieve in oil portraiture.
I have been interested in art since I was a child. I entered college as an art major although I graduated with a degree in history. After marring my husband and I moved to North Africa for several years. There, I met many people of other ethnic and racial groups. The variety of faces and embellishments (tattoos, dye, dress) based on tribal social standards renewed in me the excitement of wanting to visually express my impressions of them in paint. This began my journey back into painting and my love of portraiture.
When we returned to America, I continued to study human nature. I earned advanced degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology and Education. Throughout my years of teaching college students I would always make time to paint family portraits. Also because of my love of Art and history- I developed lecture and slide presentations of : “ The History of Medicine through the Ages as Depicted in Art” and Women in the Arts thoughout the Centuries”, which I presented to medical groups around the country.
In 2000, I retired from formal education and devoted my time to my first love, Art.
It has been a lifetime pursuit of mine to continuously study and learn art from books, tapes, demonstrations and attending workshops and life study groups. I have studied with several professional artists, both in western NY and Florida, who work in Oil, Pastel and Watercolor. These Artists from Western NY were strong influences on my work: George Palmer, Millie Shaffer, Jody Ziehm, Kathy Giles, as well as Marta Crawford in Florida. Additional Education has come from visiting many of the great European museums (The Hermitage, The Louvre, The Ryksmuseum, The Prado, The Jeu de Palme) As well as museums in major American cities.