For as long as I can remember, art, in many different forms, has been an integral part of my life. As a child, I spent many happy hours drawing, and painting with my tins of watercolors. Although I earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at The State University at Fredonia, I enjoyed taking a few elective courses in studio art and art history. It was there that I became very interested in pottery, architecture and sculpting clay houses. Later, as a mom, I filled my home with handmade quilts appliquéd with characters from my children’s favorite stories. My painting sat on the back burner for about 20 years while my husband, Jack, and I raised our family, and I tutored elementary and middle school students. In 2001, while I was temporarily homebound due to an illness, I finally was able to renew my pursuit of watercolors. Drawing inspiration from our family’s vacations, I painted the mountains we had climbed together and the lakes that held such happy memories for us.
|As time went by I began to include cityscapes and landscapes of local scenes in and around Rochester. In recent years I have further expanded my subject matter to include everything from wildlife to domestic animals, boats, barns, seascapes, people, and still life compositions. I have worked on my growth as a watercolor artist by experimenting with different compositions, color values and techniques. My husband and I love to hike and travel. Those activities, plus living on the shore of Lake Ontario give me endless inspiration. I usually have several paintings in my head, just waiting in line to come to fruition. Seeing beauty in the world and trying to re-create it through art isn’t just a form of expression for me; its pure enjoyment.|
|I am a busy grandmother these days, happily spending time with my four beautiful grandchildren. However, I still, and always will, make time in my life for painting. I am a member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and exhibit my works in their shows, in addition to the many local festivals in and around Rochester.|