I was lucky to have parents who identified me as an artist in my earliest years. Because of them, I self-identified as such and embraced the formal education they provided for me in the fine arts. My training was mostly two-dimensional design and painting in oils and acrylics. It wasn't until many decades later that I dared to try my hand at watercolors, and discovered that I preferred it to all other mediums! I quickly became proficient in technique, but sadly lacking in content. I just didn't know what I wanted to say that would be unique and meaningful. So, I signed up for a workshop with Susan Webb Tregay, NWS/AWS, and learned how to develop concepts for my work. Now, many years later, I thrive on creating visual imagery that challenges me to delve deeply into my experiences and understanding of the world around me.
Somewhere along the path of sixty-years-an-artist, I decided to return to college and study the geosciences. My love of the outdoors made me curious about why the Earth is the way it is. So, I returned to college and grad school to investigate mass extinctions and ancient climate events. Having completed my graduate degree, I landed a position at Skidmore College as Lecturer in the Geosciences and eventually as department chair. During all this, I continued to pursue my first love ... painting!
Science has informed my art, and my series "The Laws of Nature" reflects that.
A third discipline that I've enjoyed since my youth is music. I studied classical piano for many years, and eventually worked with a concertizing coach to enhance my public performances. Although I no longer perform in public, I still love music and my latest series, "InstruMental" is an exploration of that influence.
Interdisciplinarity has strengthed my career as an artist by expanding the intellectual space that I may explore with greater meaning. Therefore, I am always looking for new things to learn and more ways to express them through painting.
But, being an artist, musician and scientist isn't the most significant part of my life. I have a wonderful son who has also achieved many disciplines and is a skilled 3-D artist/craftsman. And, I have a wonderful husband who supports all my endeavors without question as I do his. We all live in Spruce Head, Maine along the coast.