Painting – Oil on board or canvas
What is your background? Do you have a degree or are you self-taught?
As an artist I am self taught. I have Master degrees in History and an ALA accreditation in MLS (Master of Library Science).
How did your life as an artist first begin?
What does your art aim to say to your audience?
My answer here is two fold. In my animal portraits and wildlife I wish to convey the beauty of the creatures that accompany us in our life journeys often as a memorial to a special relationship that has developed in that companionship. Secondly, in my spiritual pieces I commit to canvas some of the deeper spiritual truths I have been introduced to in my journey inward. These are pieces I seldom ‘show’ but I hope communicate the dance of life we are all invited to attend.
Who has been your biggest influence?
Although my work is nothing like his I like Norman Rockwell because his work illustrates life that is rich and full of the stories that we carry together. I enjoy Edwin Landseer because I secretly wish my work would stand up to his both in execution and story telling.
How has your practice changed over time?
For years I was afraid of oils while I would ‘fall into’ so many glorious oil pieces I saw in museums or galleries. Finally with encouragement from my husband I took an introduction class in 1985 from Diane Burrell (Her interview is coming soon!). This lasted for about four months and was cut short by the birth of my son!
Is art your main career? Has your previous jobs influenced how you have made art?
My studio is mostly pet portraits that have been commissioned, heavy with equine subjects. I also produce some wildlife and landscape and the before mentioned spiritual pieces. I have written two icons and have another in the very early planning stage. I retired from a wonderfully fulfilling career in public education where I served as a high school librarian/ media specialist and later as a classroom teacher. Once I found oils I never looked back however I have evolved the processes and materials from board preparation to final glazing. I have been blessed by other artists’ generous sharing all along this journey. From an equine artist in Ireland to wildlife artists in Montana and Wisconsin I have found ‘studio comrades ‘ along the way!
What is your favorite time period of art?
Do you have a favorite work of art?
No, often need all of them!