Having inherited a green thumb from my mother, I enjoy an environmentally friendly home garden, with woods and creek beyond, that frequently inspires my artwork. l use my own portfolio of photographs as references and inspiration for my paintings. Some photos are from traveling around my beloved New England home region. My photographs often spur me to a new insight, perspective, or color choice.
After a far too long hiatus from creation of my own art, in the early 2000s I began studying with watercolorist David R. Daniels. I continue to strive to eke out more time for my great love of painting from a busy full-time practice as a psychotherapist. The process of creating paintings is a passion as well as a meditation. It gives and it takes. Each of my life’s missions, providing therapy and creating art, are things that I am compelled to do. I am so grateful, as I learn so much from my clients, my teachers, as well as from my brushwork.
I have always been drawn to Asian works of art, especially watercolor paintings. In the past decade, I was most fortunate to become a student of local Sumi-e artist and instructor, the now late, Betzi Robinson. I joined the local and American Sumi-e society chapters, took classes with other local, domestic, and world-renowned masters of Sumi-e painting. Asian brush painting has encouraged me to focus on the essence of what I am trying to depict, with grace, the use of symbolism, and thoughtful execution of the brush, the fingers holding the brush, the arm and the whole self.