Artist’s Statement

Art has always been part of my life. My parents were artistic. My Grandmother was also artistic so I grew up with art in my life and I always enjoyed it. I took a lot of art in high school and while attending college I made the decision to transfer schools and go to New York City to study Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I majored in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Photography. Needless to say living and learning and studying Art while living in New York City was an invaluable experience and I was very fortunate to be able to take advantage of all that NYC had to offer. After graduating I worked as a graphic designer for several years. Eventually, after having three children, I went back to school to become an art teacher. I received a Masters Degree in Education from Marygrove College in Detroit. I taught Art at the middle school, high school and community college level for over 22 years. I retired from teaching Art in 2015.

Through all the years of working and raising children it was always my goal to continue painting. Now that I am retired I am happy to be able to spend even more time creating art. I find that I enjoy various art media. Primarily I work in oils, pastels and watercolors. My inspiration comes from the light and colors on realistic objects. I am fascinated with windows, architecture, flowers and light. I try to create the mystery and many moods that are found when observing light in many different scenarios. Many artists have influenced me. A few would be Vermeer, William Bailey, Georgia O’Keefe, Andrew Wyeth and many Impressionists.

I enjoy working en plein air. I am always reminded of the Impressionists working outside trying to capture the light. It is very exciting and rewarding. I also enjoy working in the studio usually with still lifes. I like to work from real objects whenever possible. I am greatly looking forward to my retirement years as my time to truly be immersed in the creative process.