As a child and through my 20s I used pens or pencils to draw everything I saw around me; I carried a sketchbook to summer camp, to friends' houses, to college, to work; I made my own greeting cards for friends and family; I doodled in the margins of school notebooks, on paper napkins, on company letterhead during conference calls. Then, in my late 30s, I started taking painting classes. I began by painting landscapes and still-lifes, and eventually discovered a new "voice" with abstract art! The motion of a paintbrush, especially on a larger canvas, frees my imagination and allows me to transfer my moods onto a tangible place for others to see and (hopefully) enjoy.
I did not attend art school, nor do I have a formal art background beyond occasional classes and workshops I've taken here and there. My degree, from Carnegie Mellon University, is in Economics, and I worked in the corporate world for several years before leaving to spend more time with my two sons. In 2011, I went back to school to become a Sign Language Interpreter -- which I am and enjoy immensely! When I am not interpreting, I can often be found in my third-floor studio, painting with acrylic, watercolors or oil sticks. In warmer weather, I enjoy heading outside with my spray paints. I also love photography, and tend to focus on the textures, lines and colors of objects found in nature.
It's so important to continually seek to evolve and self-actualize. The desire to "find oneself" and seek out clarity in everyday life is what seems to distinguish humans from animals. Insight leads to personal growth, and vice-versa. To that end, I hope my artwork will always be evolving and changing as my understanding of who I am becomes clearer. When I paint, I am not focused on an end-product. I am responding to a visceral desire to express a feeling, thought or concept. Painting helps to remind me that finding oneself is not as much fun as losing oneself, and getting lost often leads to the most memorable adventures!
Elkins Park, PA