After retirement in 2008, I began an intentional and intense exploration of the world of visual arts. Previously my work, in human service, had been challenging, worthy, and rewarding. I didn’t know, however, how much delight one could experience until I focused my energy on my art work. I am now unapologetically in love with form, color, space and the beautiful State of Maine.
I paint places where I have hiked, camped, and lived (mostly in Maine). I also create paintings which celebrate the mundane events in the cycle of years: hanging the clothes outside on a windy spring day, processing strawberries picked from the fields in early summer. These are the things which make life in Maine special – the attention to that which nurtures and that which is grounded in our beautiful Mother Earth.
In the process of paintings, I am challenged to see beyond the finite and find not only the rhythms, colors and patterns unique to the subject at hand but also the tensions and energy which reflect a more infinite whole. My study of studio art has been cumulative and eclectic over many years, starting with an inspired teacher in junior high school who opened a window for me to the joy of creating and extending to the post retirement years in which I have followed a studio art curriculum at the University of Maine. My passion for creating over the years has led to explorations of pottery, calligraphy, Jacobean crewel work, and rug hooking. I am indebted to teachers with whom I studied and from whom I continue to learn.