I love to paint! But sometimes it is hard to make myself stop. This began when I was a child, painting with my grandmother and mother who were both artists. After I retired from a career in school and clinical social work, I have been able to immerse myself in many workshops with artists Kevin MacPherson, Marc Hanson, Sharon Tarr, Margo Burian, Charles Murphy, Camille Przewodek, Bill Cramer, Beth Ray, Neil Walling, Lori Feldpausch and others.
Oil is my medium of choice because of the rich color and juicy texture. I also enjoy acrylic, watercolor, pastel and cold wax. When painting plein air in gorgeous Northwest Michigan, surrounded by big water, orchards, quaint towns and vineyards, I am awed by the colors in nature and the interplay of light and textures in the landscape. I have always experienced a visceral reaction to color and some combinations just seem to sing! Creating art is like meditation, especially when the mind is totally absorbed by the process and the hours pass like minutes. Although art can be a solitary endeavor, I feel fortunate to paint with fellow artists and I especially value their friendship, encouragement and those peels of laughter.
Memberships in the Plein Air Painters of Northwest Michigan, the Magic Thursday Artists, Studio One 6, the Artist Guild at Crooked Tree Art Center, the Leelanau Cultural Center, We Are Artists!, and the Glen Lake Art Association are rewarding and enriching. I have exhibited at Bonobo Winery, the City Opera House, Leland's Old Art Building, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, Tubac Center of the Arts, the City Opera House, Bewitched Farm and juried shows at Crooked Tree Art Center, the Glen Arbor Art Association, the Old Art Building, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons and the Dennos Museum Center. I have participated in many plein air events throughout the area in Traverse City, Glen Arbor and Leland.