About the Artist...
Inspired by an art show in San Francisco, I began to draw household objects while my toddlers took naps. I worked at the kitchen table on small pieces that I could complete in the short intervals available to me as a mother with a part-time job and college classes. Since then, my artwork has been a personal meditation and exploration of color, design, and texture.
Most of these images arise from a combination of several painting techniques. In the first stage, I choose my colors and pour the paint onto the paper. I create texture in these first layers of paint and gesso by scratching and pressing plastic bags into the wet paint. After it has dried, which can take days, I study it to see where my eye, mind, and heart are drawn. Often I keep the work by my bed so that I see it before going to sleep and again as I wake up. Sometimes the study is short, but it can take months.
When the seed of an image arrives, it is almost always accompanied by critical voices, which I do my best to ignore. As my critical self finally eases up, the notion of the piece emerges in a dream-like fashion; I just happen to be watching. Many subjects find expression in my art--reading, cooking, gardening, outdoor adventures, music, dance, and concerns about our world. Rarely static, my images are in motion within a context of unending cosmic change. Whimsical allusions to time and natural cycles contribute to a feeling of joyful goodwill for our earth and all its inhabitants.
While I have been active with environmental, peace and social justice concerns most of my life, I have recently begun to use my art as a fund-raising vehicle. The 2001 Hillsides show benefitted the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy. In addition, the Avatar Gallery and I donated 50% of our net proceeds from September's Harvest show, which celebrated food and those who grow and prepare it, to the Pomona Valley Council of Churches' Beta Hunger Center.
I recently retired from 23 years as a special education teacher, and I am enjoying my first year as full-time artist.. Even while teaching, though, I frequently exhibited paintings, collages, and whimsical dolls. I am one of the original Gypsy Sisters, a group of artists that holds biannual events in Claremont, and I have received several local awards for my work. In addition, I was invited by the author, Debra Talbert, to illustrate her book The Gypsy Sings, and I have provided cover art for numerous editions of "The Friends Bulletin."
My husband, Jim, and I are currently making a new home in Northern California as our creekside home in secluded Palmer Canyon, along with forty-two others, was burned to the ground in the October 2003 Southern California wildfires. During this time of confusion and uncertainty, the tortoise became a personal totem and is included in many recent paintings. Jim discovered one of my early experiences with tortoises in this childhood photo.