“Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue…”
Something old: Me! At 50 plus I am choosing the life of an artist. My husband and I love to collect antiques. We live on a small farm where we have raised two boys, now talented young men. Duke and Bosco the family dogs still reside with us. When I am not being creative you can usually find me walking these dogs or enjoying biking, hiking, and kayaking in the beautiful Finger Lakes.
If you are wondering what I have been doing with the first half of my life/career I am a social worker working in the local school district.
Fulfilling my desire to stay connected to the traditions of the past I make theorems, floor clothes and rag rugs. On our honeymoon in Maine over 30 years ago, I fell in love with watercolor painting and it has been teaching me the gift of letting go. (But not to forget where I have been.)
Something new: In the spirit of being creative, I am currently learning to master my God given right brain to think and work abstractly with experimental water mediums, printing, layering images and collage. Like the traditional bridal rhyme, they represent optimism and hope for the future. Evidence of and wonderful support of this new direction was a recent award for Best in Show at the Seneca county Arts Council Annual Juried Show. The award winning work was one of my abstract paintings.
Something borrowed: I feel very blessed, inspired and supported by other artists-whether old, new…near or far. I absolutely love utilizing and reusing everyday materials to create commonplace images as narrative in my artwork. Have you seen the paper painting inspired by my dog Duke? Both image and dog make me smile! The painting positively affects others as well!
I am primarily a self-taught artist who enjoys taking risks in my studio work, as well as classes to learn and cultivate new ideas. These innovative adventures challenge my thinking which in turn influences my art making process. My home studio is alive with new ideas and artwork! I am very involved in the local art community and want to encourage others to be involved too.
Currently you can see the full range of my artwork in exhibitions throughout the greater NY Finger Lakes Region in places such as the Finger Lakes Art Cooperative in Auburn and The Seneca County Arts Council, Art Works gallery in Seneca Falls. I also participate in local festivals, events and shows.
Something Blue: My favorite color! Blue skies and here I come, plein-air painting that is…you may catch me out with Mother Nature or my sister Mary Jo (one of my biggest fans and also a professional artist). The color blue represents faith, loyalty, love, modesty, fidelity and good luck. I believe in empowerment through the arts to liberate and save lives as well as enrich communities. My goal is to combine my social work skills with my passion for the arts. I am interested in supporting and teaching others to live a creative life, as well as, a healthy and happy one too!
“…and a silver sixpence in her shoe”
God grant me the courage to express my creative self
In gratitude and openness to the joy of good living
And the compassion to share this life with others
Let go, let God, do art…one day at time