I enjoy drawing, painting, and photographing subjects with a personal meaning for me. Images that capture me prompt me to capture them, to stop time and decay.
I hope that others will experience something the way I did. Travel has enabled me to witness the unfamiliar, which I like to share. I want to help others to notice nature’s beauty and to marvel at it. I celebrate surprise encounters I’ve had with nature: spotting new-to-me wildflowers or coming upon a deer, or a blue heron.
Although I love art history, have visited many of the world’s major art museums, and am a frequenter of galleries and shows, I try to base my art primarily on my own direct experience and feelings. I want to avoid borrowing from, extending, or reacting to other artists’ work, at least consciously.
While I make it a point to know what is currently fashionable in the art world, if my work does not fit into that frame, so be it. My satisfaction comes from the art-making process and from connecting with others who, like me, also find meaning in what I create.
This is what I have to say about my art after ten years of aspiring to become a full-time artist. My art and I are still evolving as my curiosity, and desire to improve and challenge myself continue. In another decade, who knows what my statement will be?
Although I do not have formal fine arts credential, I have been taking art classes intermittently since my first at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when I was twelve. In addition to Emmanuel College courses in art history, aesthetics, and painting (I was an English Literature major), Cambridge Adult Education drawing classes comprised my art education. Then I put aside art to earn a doctorate at Harvard Business School, start a career as a management professor at Bentley University, and raise a family. After a 25-year hiatus, I resumed taking at least one art class a year at the MFA’s Museum School, the DeCordova Museum, or Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts (re-named Mosesian Center for the Arts). Among my instructors were Hannah Barrett, Jaque Baldini, Marjorie Glick, Mary O’Malley, and Cat Bennett.
In 2011 I retired a bit early from my professional career in order to make art my primary occupation. Accompanying my husband in Singapore for six months, I was able to take courses in Chinese brush painting at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Japanese botanical watercolor painting at Studio Miu. Since returning to the U.S., I have studied perspective drawing with Steve Rich at Boston Architectural College, and taken a Nikon School Weekend Photography Workshop. In the Berkshire Hills, where we have a second home (and my improvised oil-painting studio), I have participated in three workshops at the IS183 School in Stockbridge, MA with Jura Adams. And, I have taken classes at the Becket Arts Center with Steve Hamlin, Wednesday Nelena Sorokin, and Michele Klemaszewski. I benefited from Craig Pursely's "Painting Landscapes from Photographs" at the Landgrove Inn in Vermont and Jeremy Durling's "Painting From Life: The Figure and the Portrait" at Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Juried Art Exhibits
Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA:
New Members Show 2014;
“Lost and Found” 2018
Members Prize Show 2021
Mosesian Center for the Arts Members Show 2018, 2021
Grace Chapel Art Gallery, Lexington, MA:
"Shadow Play" 2018
"In Focus" 2020
Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont, MA:
"Spring Awakening: Birds, Blossoms, and Botanicals" 2019
Mass. Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery, Canton, MA: “Untamed” 2013
Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA: "REAL!" 2021
Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA: annual members’ shows 2015-2019 ; 2019 and 2021 Mary Shein Fall Salon
Habitat Audubon Sanctuary, Belmont, MA: annual members’ shows, 2012-14; 2021
Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly Arsenal Center for the Arts), Watertown, MA: Unjuried Members Shows: 2015, 2016
“You Are Here: Landscapes” 2018
Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA: annually, 2012-19; 2021
Other: Community Show at Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA, 2013; First Parish of Watertown Art Show: 2015, 2016, 2018; 2019; 2020; Bidwell House & Museum, Monterey, MA, 2018, 2020; Cambridge Multicultural Center's Accessible Art Show, 2019
Arts Organizations Service
Cambridge Art Association Board Member, 9/18-
Becket Arts Center Exhibitions Committee, 2018-