I have been painting most of my life and certainly all of my adult life. I was a student at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia Pa.for three years studying painting with Doyla Goutman and Ranolph Bye. I left college to marry but returned to get a teaching degree at Glassboro State College which is now Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. I have taught art for over thirty years in every grade from kindergarten through first year of college. The last five years of my teaching career involved supervising art teachers in my district.
Three mediums seem to suit me. Oil, pastel and watercolor are all wonderful, but I prefer watercolor. I love the freshness and sparkle of watercolor. My subjects are everything around me. Some frequent subjects are flowers, stilllife and local landscapes.. Life to me is a stream of experiences and painting is my way of recording those experiences.
I have won many awards and ribbons for my work starting with a second place for a design of a partition for a hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.. I won first place in 1985 for a large oil of plants in my studio. It was a little local show but it was a start. This year I won first place for a pastel stilllife in the Professional catagory called "My Collection" ( a collection of pitchers my husband and I have collected) at the State of NJ Seniors Exhibit. I exhibit and have won many ribbons at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ, The Riverfront Renaissance Center in Millville, NJ, the Ocean City Art League in Ocean City NJ, the former Vineland Community Art Alliance in Vineland, NJ and the State of New Jersey Senior shows.
Presently I am the President of an arts organization called The Society of New Jersey Artists. The SNJA is over 63 years old. We are a group of about 60 painters who exhibit together four times a year in galleries and libraries in South Jersey. We also invite artists of considerable stature to come and demonstarte their technigues. We also engage in critiique sessions by experienced artists to gain insite into our work. All of this keeps me involved in Art.
I have retired from education formally but I will never retire from being and practicing the production of art as that would be impossible.