||Good Day Sunshine||Messy Jessay|
|Bougainvillea Dream||Dancing Pansies||Majestic Sky Series A iv|
I was in kindergarten when my older brother critiqued my painting. He explained that when you looked outside the sky wasn’t just at the top but came down to the ground and rather than resembling lollipops, trees had branches and leaves. I eagerly incorporated those principles at the earliest chance and my picture was held aloft and praised by the teacher. I was hooked! I was going to be an artist!
I gained a degree in Art and Design in England. My main concentration was printmaking, silk-screening in particular. I enjoyed every aspect of it, from the process of mixing inks to seeing the layered effect of one color on another.
While still at college I met Ken and a few years later we married and moved to Kenya. After the grays of England, the intensity of the African landscape had an exciting impact – one I used both in the painting of theatre sets and at the elementary school where I taught art.
After a scary coup attempt we moved to South Africa. I continued with set design in amateur dramatics. With the birth of our two children my creative skills turned to the crafts of baking and sewing. Just as we’d done in Kenya, we went on some wonderful and memorable safaris.
In 1990 we were again on the move with a career opportunity for Ken in Ohio. I taught kindergarten and pre-K at a local Montessori school. Thanks to Ken’s job we still traveled to many interesting places. This is a constant inspiration for my paintings.
Finally we moved to Evans, GA where I have had the pleasure of learning from and working with gifted local artists. The natural world is my motivation and I am able to combine my passion for gardens in my Art. I try to convey an essence with my use of color and marks. I usually paint while listening to music – and sometimes dancing, too.
I am a member of the Artist’s Guild of Columbia County and have exhibited my work at many venues including the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the Gertrude Herbert, the MACK, the North Augusta Heritage Center and the Etheridge Center in Aiken.