A STORY OF THIS ARTIST
"If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors" - Bertolt Brecht
My art expresses what I'm emotionally attracted to in my observations of nature, animals, and people. To visually express myself through art is an opportunity for me to share my feelings with others. I learned to use a camera many years ago, which I feel helped me learn composition, shapes, and color. Over the years I've been on a continuous and changing journey to become as good as I can be in my art. After experimenting with other mediums, I began working exclusively with soft pastels in 2003. Now, I find that I enjoy the intense colors and the process of drawing, blending and inventing new techniques, and even the dusty mess.
In recent years I've studied with accomplished area artists: Ella Delyanis, Worcester Art Museum, and Jeanne Rosier Smith. I've taken workshops with Robert Carston (VT), Karen Baker (VT) Jennifer Evenhus (WA), Richard McKinley (OR), and Frank Federico (CT). In addition, I've studied at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA and Concord Art Association.
I am a member of the Central Massachusetts Pastel Society, Northwest Pastel Society, past member and Board Member of the Pastel Society of NH, Concord Art Association, CT Pastel Society and Cape Cod Pastel Society. In 2011 I attended the International Pastel Society Convention and became a member during which I attended workshops with five prominent pastel artists.
My work has been accepted in National and regional shows and I've been the recipient of several awards.