When I was a kid the fun of reading was looking at the pictures and figuring out how the artist made the magic happen. The illustrations were the story for me. Illustrating picture books is such a challenge. I had no idea.
I paint with soft pastels on colored sanded paper. I fell in love with pastels because of their brilliant hues and immediacy, after learning to use oils and watercolors . Although I still paint with watercolors often, the challenge of making a clean mark with soft pastels continues to intrigue me.
I approach my easel as a painter rather than as a draftsman. Primarily a plein aire landscape painter, I tend to paint in one shot. If I don’t catch what I want in the amount of time I have, I rarely go out again to work on that same piece. The size of a piece is dictated by the amount of time I have to work in a particular spot.
The figural work I make is done in the studio. These pieces are large and emotionally loaded. They take quite along time, often months, to complete.
I am now an Emerita in the Wild Women, an eclectic and organic group of artists who show together in various venues every year. I was an active member (beginning as a Guest Artist) for 23 years. www.wildwomenartists.com