I paint things that I like to look at: like flowers, animals, beautiful vistas, trees, interesting containers, seashells and basically anything that catches my eye. Sometimes I'm just curious to see if I CAN paint something, and then challenge myself to paint it, anyway, even if it looks pretty hard to accomplish. I'm never afraid of failure. As long as I have gesso, I can paint OVER anything and re-do!
My in-home studio makes it very easy for me to paint everyday. I have all my supplies handy and can just sit down and start painting. While working on a piece, I like to put it on an easel facing my hallway. Then every time I pass my studio; I can see the painting (sometimes it calls me into the room to work on it, too - haha).
Before I call a piece finished, I like to look at it from all perspectives. I lay it on the floor, against a wall and rotate it on each of it's sides to make sure that it's balanced.
Recently I have become very interested in shadows. I like looking at them and including them in my "outdoor" paintings. Using shadows correctly can really make a painting look very realistic; as well as keeping it interesting for your viewers. I enjoy painting en plein air; but I rarely consider those painting finished until after observing them in my studio and tweaking them. Yes, it would be great to just be finished in one sitting... but I prefer my paintings to have a more "finished" look...however long that takes.
The last thing I do is ... sign my name to my work... then it is definitely done.
I had to have hand surgery for my worn out thumb - that was not fun! I live in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
After teaching for 29 years, I am now happily retired.
I really loved teaching; but now I can spend a lot more time painting!
BS Degree: Penn State University
Master's Degree: Temple University
For My Painting: I am mostly self-taught; except for some demonstrations and workshops.
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Taught: Health and Diversified Occupational Education (a Work/Study Program) @ Governor Mifflin Senior High School.
Painting: in my studio @ home or with my friends from Berks Art Alliance at the Yocum Institute or around Berks County. Sometimes I sketch and/or paint while on vacation.
Painting Workshops: For many years, I set up workshops on Thursday afternoons at the Yocum Institute of Fine Arts. Members of Berks Art Alliance would then paint the set-ups.
Juried Show Organization: I Chaired the Berks Art Alliance Juried Show @ the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in 2017.
AWARDS / RECOGNITION