Born in East Lansing, Michigan, I lived as a child in Niles and St. Joseph, Michigan, then Atlanta and Tampa. I attended college in Rhode Island, as my family moved first to New Orleans and then Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1972 I received my Bachelor’s in Art History from Brown University and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I unexpectedly happened into a 24-year career in social and educational research.
I left my first career in 1996. With my daughter in college, I accompanied my husband on his work assignments in France, Switzerland and Brazil, and became a painter of watercolor portraits and still life. In 2001, we moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I began a 10-year career as a gallery administrator and marketing coordinator. In 2004, as I dreamed of becoming an artist again, I lost my first husband. I married my second husband in 2007 and with him became a foster parent. On top of my marketing career, this left little time for painting.
In 2013, I restarted my art career, this time with acrylic paints on canvas; and, in 2017, joined the Santa Fe Society of Artists. We hold outdoor shows most Saturdays and Sundays, mid-April through mid-October, in the bank parking lot one half-block west of the Santa Fe plaza. It’s the most direct route between the New Mexico Museum of Art and Starbucks!
My current work celebrates the awe-inspiring skies and cloudscapes of New Mexico: clear blue, piled high with billowing clouds, marbled with swirls of feathery translucence, purple with monsoon rains, lit by surprise flashes of lightning, or brightened by a rainbow. Our sunsets are famously spectacular, coloring clouds in the west with brilliant orange, pink and purple hues while casting a soft glow on clouds in the east.
I hope to create an experience for others as close as possible to an experience of the sky itself. I imagine someone waking to the sky each morning, catching a glimpse of an afternoon rainbow, or enjoying the glow of a setting sun. I am happy with a painting if I find myself entranced by it. If it holds my gaze for a long time and I feel joy or peace or contentment, or even wonder and awe, then I hope others will feel the same way. I don’t know if I will ever tire of painting skies. I do know they hold inexhaustible potential for future artwork.