fearless creativity as a young child with paper and paint and crayons. There was no internal judgment or editorializing, simply enjoyment of color and line possibilities. Then there was a very long artistic quietude. Life was busy with science focused education, marriage and kids and becoming a nurse midwife, and working. My kids grew up and moved out, and I had a prolonged health crisis that led to an unexpected opening of time and space. What came in was curiosity about how a silent empty page or canvas could change into a method of communication both with myself and others.
While primarily intrigued by portraiture and figurative work, landscapes and intuitive abstractions, my exploration has been deepened and directed by a corresponding immersion into a daily meditative practice. For the last few years I have also had a daily art practice. My sweet spot is where the two intersect. While I have never met a medium I don't like, I am currently working mostly with encaustic, cold wax, and acrylic painting. I particularly enjoy plein air and life drawing, and experimenting with wax under-painting in the field. I then finish the work in my home studio with hot wax and mixed media. When I travel, I bring a sketchbook and watercolors, and seek out museums to copy masters and learn art history. I occasionally teach a sketch booking and mindfulness workshop for beginner meditators and/or artists. 2017 was the first year I began to show and sell paintings.