When I was little, and in need of escaping the noisy activity of my big family, I’d go to my room. The youngest of seven, I blessedly had the space because most of my siblings were of the male order, and my mother, being prudish, insisted I have a room of my own. I would spend hours with paper and fabric scraps, with crayons and pencils, making a huge mess and delightfully lost in the world of creativity. The ability to “go to my own room” and create has supported my inner-self throughout my life.
I am very, very lucky and blessed to have two daughters. But anyone who has had children knows that they are the creations for which we set aside all other types of creative activity. And we all know the saying that “out of the mouths of babes come startling truths.” It was my youngest daughter, who, at my tender age of almost fifty, said to me, “I never tell my friends anymore that you’re an artist because I never see you do art.” This was delivered as a simple truth, with not an ounce of meanness. It was truth. One I had to face with my heart, not my emotions. And once I got over the impact of its truth, I once again began to work. I started drawing again.
So at the age of fifty, I found myself standing at the Artist’s Train Station…on the Express Platform. The Express Train came, stopped before me, and I stepped on and began my art career. I began creating art, teaching, winning awards and gaining recognition. I am now a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. I’ve had pieces accepted ten times in the CPSA’s International Exhibition and won Awards of Excellence twice. I am also a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. I have won several awards in national, juried exhibitions and local shows. Recently I was honored by inclusion in a book by Ann Kulberg entitled: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe. I am also a member of Connecticut Women Artists. I have been working in colored pencil for many years and have been teaching colored pencil techniques at CPFA/Artsplace in Cheshire, Connecticut since 2004 and at Arts Escape in Southbury, Connecticut since 2017.
I earned a BA in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in 1977 and went on to study printmaking at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After receiving my BFA in 1983, I spent the summer in Florence, Italy as a student teacher in printmaking at the Studio Arts Center International. I have studied with Dreama Tolle Perry, Liz Kenyon, Janie Gildow, Ann Kullberg, Cecile Baird, Charles Solvek, Frank Federico, Koo Schadler, Patti Mollica, Christine Camilleri, Will McCarthy and David Dunlop.
My work is held in private collections throughout the United States.