The fun of reading when I was a kid was looking at the pictures and figuring out how the artist did it. The illustrations were the magic of the story for me. Illustrating picture books is such a challenge.
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