My grandmother took me, as a young girl, to see the paintings in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where I fell in love with Renoir’s “Girl with the Watering Can.” From then on I was hooked on painting. In high school I studied art history and visited many of the other galleries located in Washington. I majored in fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and by the time I graduated I had completed a thesis and arranged my own show, for which I received Departmental Honors. During this time I became interested in the works of modern artists from the Washington Color School in the 1950’s and of the works of the east coast color-field artists of the sixties.
The technique used in these paintings and similar recent paintings evolved into poured and applied acrylic on canvas. Then, using the process of expansion and deletion of particular dripped or poured areas, I arrived at an impression of the canvas as an evolving entity rather than a finite statement of a particular episode. The paintings now became a conceptual event rather than a replication of an image. The early paintings also included some silk screened sections taken from the drip patterns and still are being executed with masking tape stencils cut from the drip spaces that resulted from the flow of paint—the painterly expression.
In 1982 I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University, Washington, D.C. where I studied oil painting in the spirit of the “old masters” of Europe. The watercolors that ensued from this period in my development are derivative of the traditional approach to painting and evoke an expressionist approach to watercolor that is non-traditional, using gesture and color to express content, often painting straight from the tube. These paintings reflect an emotional response to an image that I photographed myself of a still life. I have continued to paint the poured acrylic abstractions on canvas as well as painting watercolors from life,
An addition to painting, I teach classical piano and I also sing and play guitar.