In “Art & Soul, Notes on Creating,” painter Audrey Flack wrote: “Paint where you are. Be where you are. Don’t deny your environment…If you live in the wilderness, deal with it…The quality of light where you are is unique. Let it infuse your work. So is the geography, the people, the vibrations of the area.”
I have painted from observation for more than forty years- still life and portraits - which has allowed me to navigate aesthetic challenges and opportunities that range from pure exploration of light, color, pattern and texture to work that has more complex and personal meaning.
I paint portraits that not only capture physical likeness; but, more important, a sense of the inner person. My still life paintings include autobiographical references and personal symbolism. I have also incorporated similar references, themes and imagery in both monotype and intaglio printmaking processes.
For the past five years, I have been working on a series of cow portraits, inspired by the last small family-owned beef cattle farm in my suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood, just steps from my backyard. I observe, photograph and paint these animals, as newborns, as they grow, and as mothers with calves of their own.. While I initially painted the cattle juxtaposed within their landscape, my focus has now shifted to painting portraits of individual cows as well as group portraits that symbolize a network and culture we can only imagine. My intent is to capture the unique physicality and personality of each cow that I paint. Each animal is recognizable, soulful and spirited, tapping into my own need for a lost connection to nature, earth and motherhood. The cattle on this small farm continue to provide me with artistic challenges, and, at the same time, a personal source of symbolism, calm and comfort.
As a professional artist, I have exhibited paintings in oil, acrylic and pastel and original intaglio and monotype prints in numerous galleries in the Pittsburgh region as well as in statewide and national exhibitions. My work has also been exhibited locally in group shows with Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and Pittsburgh Print Group.
I have also taught a variety of painting and drawing classes to adults at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and through other educational and community venues.
I received a Master in Arts in Teaching (1976) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1975), both from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.