I grew up in the Chicago area but came to Boulder for college where I was gobsmacked by the luminescence and transcendent beauty of the mountains. When I started painting with Jacque Michelle’s art class years ago it was no surprise that landscapes were my preferred focus.
My parents met in art school in Chicago and my father became a professional portrait painter. My sister also painted and mom bathed her walls with art so I grew surrounded by fine art. As I neared retirement I decided to start taking art classes. Smart move!
I have exhibited paintings in galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and museums throughout Boulder and surrounding towns with many juried exhibits. In 2017 I was elected to be a Jury Panelist for Boulder Arts Commission as a reader for all art grants submitted to the city. It was an enormous undertaking but helped me to understand more about the process that artists go through to become established and how difficult it is to become financially self-sustaining as an artist.
Since I started paintings I have also joined: The Denver Art Museum, NOBO Art District, Louisville Art Association, BMOCA, Boulder Arts Association, and Boulder County Arts Alliance. But most of all I am honored to be a co-founder in 2016 of Girl Painters West with Jacque Michelle, Penny Peterson and Laurie Donlon.
I will be co-hosting an artist exhibition in Kunming, China, November, 2018, with Denver Kunming Sister Cities for Boulder/Denver women acrylic artists as a juried show Since my academic background and career has been in China studies I thought it would be interesting to cross fertilize different cultural perspectives on landscape painting.
In this high tech, split-second age I find myself feeling fragmented at times so there is nothing more fulfilling than to spend time focusing on just one thing—the canvas in front of me. Creating a painting is a lengthy, challenging process of trial, error and experimenting in order to find the right coloration and creative spark. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but you are always in the process of learning and hopefully creating. When painting I am living in the moment—-how often can we say that. The process calms the nerves by de-cluttering the mind and letting the heart and hand become the masters of the moment. Being a painter has been a life-affirming, totally enriching, disciplining and usually mystifying endeavor. Putting paint on a brush and watch it crush a canvas with intoxicating colors and eye-popping beauty is usually, (but not always) a defining “EUREKA” moment in my life. It is amazing what the mind and heart can produce when let free to wonder over a canvas.
1590 Violet Ave
Boulder, CO 80304