After a 25-year career in higher education, preceded by stints in print production and advertising, I returned to my passion of playing with painterly textures, vibrant colors, and earthly designs. I am currently enchanted by the amazing effects of alcohol inks moving across shiny surfaces, whether on Yupo paper or ceramic tiles.
Surrendering to the magic of inks merging and blooming, I have learned when to “go with the flow” for inspiration and when to rein it in for the effect that suits me. I hope that you will find a print of an original painting here that suits you.
What a journey! The art curriculum at Michigan State University in the mid-1960s introduced me to the basics, including figure drawing. I believe that Life teaches us if we pay attention. The art education degree that began in 1964 evolved over time into a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in literature in the College of Arts and Letters. My love of words translates into fanciful images.
Throughout the busy early child-raising years, in the late 1960s-early 1980s, as a mother of five, I continued to design and sew clothing for my growing family, learned and taught silkscreen printmaking on paper and fabric, volunteered as an artist in the local public elementary school when invited by the innovative school librarian Agatha Myers to help promote reading. I designed annual billboards, painted storybook characters on hallway walls leading to the library, and I “pictured” the Dewey Decimal system with original poster art. Freelance art projects followed.
Acrylic paints have been my “go to” medium since high school, especially for larger works on canvas. Over the years, creating mixed media collage has become important to my work as I incorporate old letters and photographs bequeathed by departed loved ones into parts of their stories on canvas. Classes in fashion illustration and fashion technology awakened a long ago dream of fashion design and I have honed illustration skills working with pencils and markers to imitate fabrics.
I am fortunate to have grown up in a creative family. One of the greatest gifts that I can offer my children and grandchildren is the joy of noticing the immense variety that Nature provides. One’s imagination can delight in discovering unique ways to interpret what we notice.
My grown up daughters have been urging me for many years to share my art. At age 70 when I discovered the joy of playing with alcohol inks, (creating what I cheerfully call “my inky doodles”) I realized that such play can also express my take on some serious subjects. I appreciate the opportunity to share my love of color and artistic expression with you. Thank you.