About the Artist
Presently, my process combines structured composition with intuitive mark-making. I am inspired by artifacts, structures and surfaces that bear the marks of use, process, age or wear. I am drawn instinctively to unlikely arrangements of color and form that occur by accident rather than by intention.
I am motivated by the colors of Pierre Bonnard, the surfaces of Paul Balmer and by Luke Randall’s commitment to artistry. I look to these and other external sources for inspiration and to my existing body of work on which to build my personal aesthetic.
My early interests were in crafts and design; my education was in the textile arts and my early employment was in retail and fashion merchandising. While my children were young we lived on a farm where our lives revolved around family activities, various pets, a huge garden, livestock and, occasionally, wildlife orphans. My later career was primarily in college and university education. Over time my teaching focus evolved from fashion merchandising to historic housing, housing design, household systems and then to housing policy issues (accessibility, affordability). That path broadened my perspective on social issues and on the human element in all things. As well, I discovered the satisfaction that can be gained from life-long learning and the drive to evolve in a chosen field. I began oil painting in anticipation of retirement and I’ve been painting ever since, finally retiring in 2005.
B.S. Home Economics: Textiles, Clothing and Related Art, Michigan State University.
M.S. Home Economics: Textiles and Related Art, University of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education: Interior Design curriculum.
University of Rhode Island Continuing Education: Real Estate Broker curriculum.
WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES (Selected)
Beach Studios, Newport, RI, with Suzanne Siegel
Coleman Center for Creative Studies, Newport Art Museum
MassArt, Boston, with Katherine Kehoe
Neighborhood Guild. Wakefield, RI, with Theresa Girard
Pompeii Studio, Saunderstown, RI, with Luke Randall
Provincetown Art Association with Megan Hinton
Gallery Ellipsis: Street Signs, Honorable Mention, 2014
Little Compton Community Center Summer Art Show, 2014–2018
Newport Art Museum Annual Member’s Show, 2015–2018
Art League of Rhode Island Exhibition, Surface Tension, 2016