The inspiration for my work comes primarily from the natural world or as abstracted concepts. I love to paint from nature or to respond to an idea or feeling. I describe my work as a “dance” between the canvas and what I feel and experience; the brush and the palette facilitate the process. I paint primarily with acrylic and oil paints, ocasionally with mixed media such as copper, wood, spray paint and paper.
I had my first art class one summer during college but didn’t get committed until I moved to the Eastern Shore in 1999. I picked up a paint brush at a craft table during a center opening and thought “Ohhhhh. This is wonderful: I have to paint!” I found the first art class I could and have been painting and exploring ever since, organizing around my patient care as an occupational therapist. I have studied with Joe Mayer, Sung Hong, the late David Grafton, and various instructors at Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo. MD and the Art Academy in Easton. I am involved with various art groups in the area and have won a few awards. Most meaningful to me is facilitating the creative process with at-risk youth at my studio in Wittman under the auspices of Talbot Mentors.