I've been interested in creating art, which is surely a subjective version of the world as I see it-since a child, and have studied it my entire life, in various forms. Making meaningful marks on paper became an extension of who I was.
I received-through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the classical fine arts-a solid basic training from Paier College of Art in Connecticut during the early 1970s, while majoring in illustration. The world of art I was exposed to, in school, was hugely competitive, and I faltered with my sense of self, place and security.
In conjunction with leaving the east coast, settling in California, marriage and motherhood, I continued to express my creative urges, finding support in Chinese brush painting and textile design, applying it to home textiles and clothing.
Art as a therapeutic tool for creativity, discovery and healing came later, as I earned an MA in Art Therapy in 1994. Following an intense career working as Art Therapist and instructor/teacher for 15 years at several institutions, I retired at age 59.
In 2010 I joined the Art Association Napa Valley community-became a board member-and eventually accepted the position of President in 2014, honing leadership skills and instructing in several artistic mediums. I continue to hold office as Vice President and Palette Newsletter Editor. I am also board Member at Large for Napa Valley Writers.
The work you see here on this site represents my venture into the world of abstract expressionist painting, a step sideways from the style of representational/realistic art in which I have been steeped, and what I was trained in.since 2017, I have continued to work under the mentorship of Anne Leveque, international abstract expressionistic painter who resides in California.m,Over time I recognized that utilizing the same solid concepts I had been taught-line, form, color, shape, value, texture, space-was the key to a balanced, pleasing successful work of abstraction.