majored in Fine Art at Antioch College, Yellow Springs,
Ohio, and was graduated in 1966. After graduation, she worked
in her hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, teaching and coordinating
recreational programs, while painting, showing and selling
her work in the metropolitan area.
In 1971, she and husband David immigrated to Canada. For
ten years, they lived in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, "homesteading"
and working at a variety of jobs. In 1981, they moved to
Dartmouth, where she began to draw and paint again. She
taught art classes for the Dartmouth (and then HRM) Continuing
Education Department from 1982 until 2000. Since the demise
of city-sponsored adult education, she has been teaching
classes under the banner of “Dartmouth Art Students
League.” She has exhibited in a variety of shows and
galleries, and her work is in corporate and public collections,
as well as private collections in Canada and the U.S.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
My painting is about making the familiar seem marvelous.
I begin with a commonplace image that feels comfortable
and positive (usually from nature), and, in so far as possible
transcends issues such as taste, class, gender, culture.
I then try to isolate and strengthen the visual elements
that interest me most: gesture, pattern, colour interaction,
and shape/form relationship. Portrait and figure drawing
are a powerful source of connection with that sense of “marvelous”.
Our bodies are our deepest experience of Nature—both
in our perfections and our imperfections.
As a teacher, my aim is two-fold.
I want to give students a grounding in basic techniques
and understanding of the “formal” elements,
such as composition, colour theory, and draughtsmanship.
On another level, however, is my effort to help each person
toward his/her own “style” and discovery of
personally significant subject matter.