On display through Oct.31 in the Regitz Gallery
A representational artist, I am influenced in my painting by my environs and travels. Using acrylics and pastels, I celebrate color, light and shape, reflecting the joy that can be experienced from even the simplest of objects. My work is intense, with bold colors and impasto paint application.
My partner/husband, Gary, works closely with me. He prepares the canvases or gessoed archival boards on which I paint. I usually begin by underpainting areas with a complementary (warm versus cool) wash of color that will show through the final, thicker layers and create excitement.
I am very active while painting, moving constantly, energized by the music of the day. Never limited in subject matter, if I’m not working directly from a still life or model, I use my own sketches or photographs to jump-start the creative process for a landscape. These references soon get put aside as I get further into my own interpretation of a place, wanting my viewer to experience what I did when I was there. Sometimes, fantasy or whimsy comes out to play.
I use no medium with my paints and do not premix my colors, merely pulling separate colors onto the same brush and letting them blend (and stay fresh) as I apply them to my surface. The dried, finished paintings are then varnished and given to Gary to frame. He cuts the mats and assembles the paintings in handsome frames, using all archival products.
My work is included in the permanent collections of, among others: Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Dallas, TX; Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando, FL; McGraw-Hill Publishing Companies, NY, NY; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA; Lancaster General Women & Babies Hospital, Lancaster, PA; Fieldcrest, Lancaster, PA; Art Association of Harrisburg, PA; Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster, PA; City of Bethlehem, PA; and Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA. I am also included in private collections nationally and internationally.
Following the Stream
On display starting Nov. 7 through Nov. 28
Education: Millersville University, BS in Art Education 1973. Millersville University, MEQ 2005. I taught art on the high school level in Ephrata, PA for 40 years until my retirement last June, 2013. I have exhibited worldwide over the years with solo shows in Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia as well as in Lancaster, PA. My list of group shows is much longer and just as diverse including Australia and Japan. I am a member of the Echo Valley Art Group along with the Colored Pencil Society of America where I have attained signature status. My drawings and colored pencil paintings have been published in numerous publications both in book and periodical forms including Art in America, Artist’s Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lancaster Newspapers along with the Society of Illustrators Annual and Outstanding American Illustrators, published in Japan. I am also included in the Best of Colored Pencil Books and Signature Showcase (CPSA). I have also won numerous awards including Best of Show in the Colored Pencil Society of America annual international exhibition and the Lancaster Museum of Art’s Community Exhibition as well as the National Works on Paper Exhibition at Rutgers University. Over the years I have also free-lanced as an illustrator and graphic artist, most recently doing both for the Strasburg Rail Road in Strasburg, PA. Although the accolades have been wonderful and impressive all of it does not matter compared to the work itself. Where you were educated, the list of prestigious exhibitions and all of the awards pales in comparison to the work itself. That is all that really matters in the long run. The work should be able to stand on its own no matter what your background and education. Outside of my passion for creating art. I have been a photographer as well. I also have a passion for the world of scuba diving. I enjoy diving anywhere both local and international. Even though I enjoy the coral reefs, the east coast presents numerous shipwrecks to dive on which is always challenging both mentally and physically. I enjoy walking my Old English Sheepdogs, Ogden and Fraya, twice daily rain, snow, sleet or heat….I stop at hail!! They do not allow me to sleep in the mornings! I have been employed by the Strasburg Rail Road part-time in a customer relations position for the past 4 years. Steam locomotives have always been an inspiration to me artistically and to have the opportunity to work around them has been wonderful experience.