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From an early age, I knew I was an artist. Constantly drawing and making things, I loved the concept that I could create something out of nothing. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This path allowed me to study everything from Watercolor painting at Amherst College to Bronze Casting Sculpture at Mount Holyoke and Figure Drawing at Smith. For many years I worked at silkscreen printing and made a career of silversmithing as well. I needed my hands and mind to be busy and in concert.
But watercolor painting remained a constant in my life and I would frequently attend week-long workshops to hone my skills and keep them fresh. About five years ago, I made a decision to begin painting in oils and discovered a whole new world. I love the way the paint goes on and stays put, that it is so malleable and juicy and that strokes can stand alone. The ability to create texture and blend transitional color, to glaze and scrape and wipe it off and paint over it, the whole process allows for a spontaneity that unforgiving watercolor just didn't allow.
Plein air painting raises the bar to an entirely different level. When I am out in the landscape, the quality of the light, whether it's sunny or raining, the wind, the ambient sound, all plays a part in the process. Painting in this way, which is the traditional way of recording the day, challenges the artist to select a subject from all the beauty that surrounds us, zero in and work diligently to share that moment in time on canvas. When successful, there is a connection between the artist, the subject and the viewer that is a kind of spiritual communication. I know, it sounds corny, but it is true.
I began to devote my energies to full-time painting about five years ago, and this has been the most productive and exciting period of my creative life. For the past three years, my husband, Paul George, and I have owned and operated a gallery at Rocky Neck Artist Colony, at 75 Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which enables us to meet people while we are painting and display our work as it is produced. We travel and paint together and are each other's constant critics and admirers.