I have always liked to write and adore reading so I studied English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal. Of course I have also always loved to draw so I then majored in printmaking at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. And I always wanted to get a bachelors degree – so I got two!
After an intensive three years at UMass, I settled down and soon had two daughters; my best creations ever. It wasn’t until they were well on their way to becoming remarkable young women that I reassumed my persona as an artist.
At the age of fifty I began creating art, teaching, winning awards and gaining recognition. I am a Signature Member of both The Colored Pencil Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society. I’ve won several awards in national, juried exhibitions and local shows, and was honored by inclusion in a book by Ann Kullberg entitled: Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe.
In college one of my professors told me that I didn’t take “art” seriously; that in fact, some of my imagery was irreverent. I guess I haven’t changed much because I still find opportunities to find joy and have fun with my imagery. I can be serious some of the time but I have a quirky sense of humor that I can’t seem to stifle. I may be one of the few artists who enjoy when someone laughs at one of my paintings.
I have been fortunate to have studied under some fine professors at UMass and more recently to have taken workshops with: Margaret Dyer, David Dunlop, Will McCarthy, Patti Mollica, Frank Federico, Koo Schadler, Charles Solvek, Dreama Tolle Perry, Liz Kenyon, Janie Gildow, Ann Kullberg, Cecile Baird and Christine Camilleri.
My work is held in private collections throughout the United States.
The Model in Red