“When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.” Jean de la Bruyere, French author b. 1645
I LOVE TO PAINT!
Some people write, some sing, some garden–I paint. I have done all kinds of art–fiber art, needlework, stained glass, house design and now–I paint. Landscapes of all kinds are my most natural subjects.
Painting fills me with energy and spirit! It’s challenging and fulfilling at the same time. I enjoy the whole process of gathering material, working out the design and then the actual painting of the subject. I paint in oils on either museum grade panels or canvas/linen using a mix of brushes and palette knives for feel and texture. I like to start with a vivid underpainting–think hot pink or orange.
In my paintings, I want the viewer to see what they pass by every day. And in that seeing, our relationship to the everyday. The way light skips along the water, how it plays its’ song in the flickering fields and brings a glow of energy to the sky, the colorfulness of the trees and flowers and boats and buildings. I look for that elusive thing whether it is color, the play of light, atmosphere or design.
I paint en plein air, doing studies, sketches and also taking photos in the field. A good share of my painting is in the studio which is as comfortable to me as my home. I have the pleasure of seeing my tools, smelling the oils and knowing this is where I can work magic.
I was born in Kansas and grew up in small town Wisconsin, attended the Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison for two years and then the Univ. of Minnesota Duluth where I received my degree in Elem. Education. I taught school in South Dakota at a 3 room schoolhouse. I had Kindergarten through the 3rd grade in my room and had a fabulous time.
My husband and I have three children and reside in Maine. As a visual artist I love this state. The oceans, mountains, forest and fields are a landscape painters heaven.