I’m so darn inquisitive about how to create anything that is appreciated and very fortunate to be able to. I have an artistic life that I feel is a gift. I continue to be enriched with each new audience’s admiration for my abilities. This is of course in the context of an exhibiting artist. I intertwine the term audience and community. Community can and has been people who request me to present my art. Many individuals depending on the community, know me to use only one specific media. I’m primarily known as a painter. I’ve gone the typical elementary school route of finger paint, tempera and by college, how to paint with acrylics and oil paint. I determined that oil painting would be a media I’d use once I retired at the age of 65 or so. Then I wouldn’t feel rushed to complete anything and could wait out the drying of this media. I tried after college, to use Gouache paint. As a freelance artist I continue to have commissions to perfect my skill of rendering with ink and Gouache. I’t is 25 years of enjoying these mediums, to create more than any other imagery, portraits. Painting or drawing likenesses is my forte.
Perhaps the most enriching time of having access to draw extraordinary musicians was in the late 1970’s when in my capacity as a freelancforte, job, e artist, which I still am, I was extended an on-going “job” to create art, by the owner of the Great American Music Hall. I love this combination of hearing music and drawing the musician as they play their instrument.
Fast forward to the mid 1990’s and I became enamored with working with glass. I allowed myself time to participate in classes in which I could learn about Stained and Fused glass at Studio One Art Center, where I was an instructor teaching Basic Drawing.Creating Stained glass seemed a natural move from a particular painting style I did and dubbed “Linear Painting” Usually my figurative imagery, more specifically, paintings of musicians looked like reverse line drawings, that is they are pools of colors delineated by white lines.
Now, consider my painted white line being reinterpreted as the leading that you typically see separating each piece of Stained glass in a church window. It is the Stained glass that are pools of color similar to my paintings. Currently, what is more exhilarating, is taking remnants of the Stained glass and fusing them in a kiln. You have a vague idea of what will be the results. Fascinating…
There's the need to stay focused, organized and deliberate, to enhance connections, community and personal projects and remain healthy in every possible way!
I enjoy framing items, painting portraits, fabricating fused glass objects, projecting a positive public persona all told, giving people the best I have to offer.
Sharing my talents by tutoring youth & adults and counseling visual Artists, uplifts me as well.
I very much like and reference Classic & Contemporary Arts of a multitude of cultures. Here's to self care and care for others!