From early childhood, I was always considered
“The Artist”!! I can even remember the purchase of my first drawing book
from Novak Paint Store on Central Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey more than 70
There were no art classes at my tiny high
school, so my first formal experience with art was at Marywood College, Scranton
, Pa., where I got my BA in art. To this day I can feel those long, long nights
of back to back assignments with multiple art classes, and then crawling out of
bed for those early morning critiques of paintings and projects barely dry.
Art had suddenly become work…not the “fun” it
had always been, but when I went to change my major, it was not permitted.
After my studies, it was off to work, and then
family and it took so many years to get back to my personal art. But during that
“dry” period, I was amazingly adept at bringing out the talents of my students
through drawing and painting. In 15 different middle and high schools (inner
city and suburbia) up and down both coasts ..... in all those schools, I was
immediately assigned as THE Art Teacher. So when my husband finally retired
from the Navy, and we all stopped “roaming” (my children raised
despite it all), I could see time for me…time to paint again!!!!! But first I
needed to get my second degree…an MA in Art Education.
To this day, I can’t paint for “assignments”. I paint out of a need
or desire. Pieces for art shows are pieces I want to paint anyway. Doing commissions would also be inhibiting to me. I can’t think of
or anticipate my art as being for anyone’s home décor or even for sale (despite
the sales that have happened).
I paint what I really KNOW…myself, other
family members, memories and situations. I paint emotions with sharp diagonal
strokes or flowing rounded curves. My colors are not “local”, but colors I love.
My scenery is to tell a story and my objects have particular meanings.
In the past 20 years, I discovered the creative freedom of
the digital art. With its possibilities of “undo”, and “redo”, this is media
that I can
work with any time and any place there is a computer. There is nothing to lug around or
clean-up. Perfect for me!!!