In second grade my hand flew exuberantly into the air at the teacher’s request to receive help with the production of the school play “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”My task: create Papa, Mama and Baby.
With the largest brush I’d ever held in my small hand, I applied paint to gigantic cardboard sheets cut into the shapes of the brown bear family… MY brown bear family…since that day my art/life has been dedicated to celebrating animals and nature and color and paint … to creating my visual trail.
A few of my art/life highlights:
- • Learned nature/nurture as a wee one spending summers at my grandparents farm
- • Art making and being in nature saved my life after violent trauma
- • Completed a rigorous, documented nine years of solitary study
- • First gallery transaction: purchase contract: 1 collector 108 of my completed paintings
- • Owned/managed hot little gallery for emerging artists in a sizzling Art’s District
- • My studio located in a former high security lock-up ward for women (1991 -1995)
- • Studied with artists and healers in Bali,Tibet and Nepal
- • Wrote/illustrated book for care givers; result of hospice volunteer experience
- • Served as Artist in Residence in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- • Lunch at The White House celebrating First Lady Laura Bush’ National Park project
- • The White House permanent collection with my National Park commemoration
Now, in ACT III of my art/life my interests have become more focused and intensified. I make art, write our community art/life blog publishing each week. I am nourished by collaborating with others; serving on the faculty of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, as a Statewide Educator with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Advisers for Tidewater Arts Outreach.
Summer Afternoon (detail), Drozda, Acrylic on paper, 36 x 105, 1998