I strive for something more than just a “pretty picture”, although I do find them appealing, too. In fact, there is very little art that I don’t like. But when you get bored with one medium, it’s natural to try another, and then another, and so on it goes. I suppose this attitude is what led me to Mixed Media. I am never bored with it. It is a creative adventure.
I love color, texture, and the process of altering and gluing paper. My mind is constantly buzzed with ideas for mixed media paintings. I strive to inject meaning and sometimes a little humor into my work. It’s fun, challenging, and very creative. It satisfies my need to express myself.
Most of my mixed media work is created with rice and tissue paper that I have altered in some way, either with watercolor, acrylics paints, or ink. I create most of my papers myself, only relying on certain found papers, like music sheets, and an old French translation dictionary that add a certain quality to my work and lend a hint of my French/Canadian heritage. I do, however, love to do direct painting, so very often you will see an element of that in my paintings, too. Since my interests are varied and change when the “spirit moves me”, you’ll find my signature on traditional works done in watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, and ink.
I am open to trying anything, by any means, to produce the images that float around in my mind. Experimentation is essential to me. I make my own stamps, monoprints, and collographs to include in my mixed media work. The possibilities are endless, and only restricted by fear of the unknown. But my thought is, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. I prefer to have fun.
Born in Hartford, Ct., to a die-maker father who sketched horses in the evening, and a mother who did exquisite needlework, sewing for their eight children, but who also sewed and hand-painted church vestments, it wasn’t surprising that their eight children were artistically inclined. Early on, pencils and paper were relished.
Economics and tragedy made college just a dream, so, marrying, raising a family, and working in the healthcare field for 36 years, became the reality. But art was always a part of that reality, and included various drawing and painting classes wherever and whenever possible. Since before retiring from healthcare employment, serious self-study, experimentation, and practice, became a daily endeavor.
Because of this self-study, paintings have been on the cover of The Gold Pages Directory, juried into the 2010 Annual CT Artists Exhibition at Slater Memorial Museum, and on the pages of an inspirational book by Michael Barrett. As a board member of the Northeast Ct Art Guild, many paintings have been group exhibited throughout the area, and now hang in numerous homes in New England and Florida.
The artist can be found as often as possible in her studio in E. Killingly, CT.