My life has been defined by art, family and an itch to travel. I grew up sheltered in the rural remoteness of Pennsylvania’s green hills and went to Penn State where in 1970 I received a B.A. in anthropology with various honors. However, I soon returned to painting and taking workshops and art classes. At every opportunity I’ve skipped off to various interesting places overseas, and have been fortunate to have lived for extended periods in France, England and New Zealand. In 1980 I moved to Flagstaff, AZ, with husband and kids, and became involved with many community organizations, serving on the boards of Flagstaff Masterpiece Art Appreciation, FETE Riding Therapy Program, SMART Art Action Group, Diablo Trust Forum for the Arts, and Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff. Since 1985 I have exhibited extensively nationwide and locally in solo, juried and invitational group events, showing paintings, monotype prints and temporary installation work of painted fabric.
My artwork has concerned itself for some years with a variety of approaches that consider transitional states and the passage of time. In my painted fabric public art work this interest is expressed by using natural forces such as sunlight, wind and shifting shadows falling on and through translucent and freely moving surfaces. My goal is to create ever-changing patterns and shapes that complement and reflect their surroundings.
My favorite approach to creating this sort of relationship is to paint with acrylics on weather proof fabrics such as heavy weight nylons. The fabrics are cut and shaped to fit specific sites such as particular tree limbs, tree trunks or buildings. This gives a strong feeling of integration to the work, allowing it to both benefit from and to enhance the natural beauty around it. Painting the nylon permits me to indulge my love of paint and color and to explore, identify and capture specific elements in the local environment. Because public art projects are not common I also produce paintings and hand-pulled prints, especially monotypes with mixed media. In my studio work I often find myself playing with alphabets and icons, highway signs and other symbols. I enjoy the cultural weight they carry as well as their often whimsical nature. The possibilities and play are endless, and I'm a happy camper in the studio or working on a public installation.
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