What I say
Thanx to Elaine Mansfield for the photo!
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
I am on a journey of curiousity. Each painting is a step along the way, discovering new pathways of growth. I vision paths I have already treaded, paths I am now present with, and I imagine new paths yet to be trodden. Since my world, my passion, is rooted in natural law, fauna and flora are the symbols that rise from my imagination.
I draw inspiration from my time spent in the forest. As the seasons come and go, I relish the opportunity to witness wildlife activity by their direct presense or evidence of passing through. Having a relationship with place tells me a story as trees grow, wither, fall, are blown down, change with each season. New habitats are created and destroyed. Critters move in and move out. The fauna and flora of the forests surrounding the Finger Lakes of upstate New York have been my teachers. I am deeply connected to their changing rhythms.
“The world behind our eyes and deep within our soul is a cosmic-sized universe unto itself.”
I am hearing the call of the Wild and I am conjuring possibilities from ancestral knowledge that has lain dormant within me. I dive deep into the cave of my belly to listen and watch for glimmerings transmitted intuitively in images and colors. These are the bones of my creative life.
My wish is that my colorful journeys with the natural world will invite you to open your heart to a world of possible healing adventures and the image you choose to invite into your home or office will continue to inspire and delight you.
I share my watercolor images a few ways:
an original painting,
a custom portrait of your companion animal,
Some biographical highlights..........
I grew up in Newark, NJ where I felt out of place as a city-child.
My formal training was completed at Rhode Island School of Design where I began an intimate visual exploration of my relationship to the natural world toward developing a personal mythology. One thing I learned at RISD was painting from my heart and soul enlivens me to paint more.
After studying with Helen Stanley at SF Community College for 2 years , I continue to explore the immediacy and unexpected delights of watercolor.
I traveled by car all over the USA following my inner navigator, meeting and conversing with many wonderful people, sharing my artwork.
I have shown my work in California, Colorado, Wyoming, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York, and have won awards.
Home is rural New York where I immerse myself in her healing landscape
........sometimes with a canine buddy!
Me and Disco
Some technical highlights..............
Almost all of my original paintings are painted on 300 pound Arches 100% cotton rag paper. I use professional quality watercolor paint. Archival giclee prints and notecards are available of my original paintings, as well as prints and notecards of your animal portrait.
I have provided links to websites of fellow travelers that have inspired me to create, grow and love and, to websites of stores where you can purchase my images.
Life is full!