Artist Biography:I grew up on the banks of the James River in rural, Colonial Virginia with nary a playmate until I began first grade. Farm animals were my friends and the woods and pastures my playground. A family move to Florida in my early teens occurred , and then on to UF. There I earned a BA in Interior Design and partook of every art course available; eventually I also received an MA in Medical Sociology. Living both in California and the Philippines have been experiences that expanded my view of the environment and approaches to living and art. I have taken many workshops at Penland and learned encaustic methods at Ringling School of Art. Teaching painting at John Campbell Folk School for 11 years as well as numerous local workshops have been a pleasure for me and introduced me to many eager and talented students. I was in on the planning and founding of the Melrose Art Gallery and have participated in many festivals and galleries over the years. I am most grateful to the collectors everywhere who have supported me. I spend much time reading and thinking about the state of humans and all sentient beings on our precious earth. I attempt to live a smaller life and to bring some joy, through my art, to the hearts of those who view and collect my work. Artist Statement:My work is very process oriented whether on paper, canvas, or fiber. Creating anything is about the discovery of what can be from a gathering of materials and a mind free of predetermined images. The marks and colors guide my hand and eye as I go along. I love all the media available whether it is water based, an oil stick, a hunk of bee’s wax or a jumble of fiber waiting to be freed into a new grouping. The work becomes very meditative and on a good day it flows with much abandon. My interpretation of landscape tends to be loose and this has fed naturally into more abstract image making. Color rules all of it along with its companion, value. There is something, very agreeable, about taking 3, perhaps 4 colors and mixing up a world a visual beauty. I find sheer joy in using encaustic, to “find” the critters and creatures within....they evoke feelings and personalities that seem very real to me (Probably my formative years with only animals as playmates and friends). Fallow periods can occur but fortunately I seem to always find my way back in......wondering sometimes “what am I going to do with all of this”. Just keep making, I guess.
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