I have lived most of my adult life in Vermont painting when I could. After retiring from an absorbing and inspiring college teaching career combined with a partnered business in divorce mediation, I began painting full time. I have also worked as a speech pathologist and worked in industry as a recruiter. Likely what that indicates is that I never did figure out what I wanted to do so I tried and very much enjoyed several careers. Included in my checkered past is a stint as President of the Burlington, Vermont, Ronald McDonald House, board service with the Vermont Mozart Festival, The Elizabeth Lund Home and the Northern Vermont Artists Association.
Summers are spent at warp speed canoeing, bicycling, bird watching, and hiking the deep country, the Adirondack Mountains, and caring for too many flower gardens in Brandon. From the natural world flow my paintings. I love to paint people, canoes, mountains, and the black waters of the great north country. My paintings have hung in several Vermont galleries including Southern Vermont Arts Center, The Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont, the Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, Vermont, the Hunter Gallery, Arts and Antiques and the Chaffee in Rutland, Vermont, and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. My work has won an award for excellence from the Vermont Watercolor Society in which I am a signature member.
Although I do not have formal fine arts training, I have studied with several accomplished, well-known artists including Roberta Carter Clark, Don Andrews, Alex Powers, Skip Lawrence, Carlton Plummer, Frank Webb, Zoltan Szabo, Barbara Nechis, Ted Minchin, Mel Stabbin, and Jessica Zemski and Ted Nuttall. Each artist has left lasting wisdom and visual imprints. Although having little to do with my artistic surge, my formal education includes a bachelor of arts from American University, and two master’s degrees one from The University of Vermont and the other from Antioch University.
The importance of the natural world and those places there where “God’s only been to t’once” grow in importance for me. Reflections in water seem to mirror a deep, watchful presence in my life and often appear in my work. My work reflects my world; colorful, and full of life.