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Artist Statement

I admit that as an abstract painter I think about myself a lot. Having to do without other subject matter, I must accept and encourage my own habits, likings, and feelings as I study the painting in front of me, the images behind my eyes, and the physical subject while I let my hand wander where it will.

I love to play with composition, color, form and texture, action and stillness, transparency and solidity across and around the entire rectangle. Scrubbing out, putting in, moving and fiddling until at last it looks right.

I haven't given up either drawing or the figure-ground relationship, and my kind of abstraction usually involves some kind of nameable object.

About the Artist

I was born in New Jersey and with one hiatus lived there until I went to college, after which I moved around quite a bit until settling in Virginia. Along the way I married and raised three children.

When we moved to Baltimore from New York for my husband's grad school, I thought I'd try a night school class in drawing. This was strictly for kicks, because at that point I had never thought of an artistic career. All I knew about art was that museums made me yawn and that my friends who were artists were strangely and magically gifted creatures from some planet far, far away.

The very first night of that class the teacher armed us with vine charcoal, a chamois, and some big sheets of newsprint, and gave us a couple of pointers about drawing what you actually see, rather than what you know is there, and I was off! At the end of the session I had created something that actually looked like a table. I felt strangely and magically gifted that night and I wanted more than anything in the world to keep doing this.

The rest is a rather long, stop-and-start history of self education. I don't have a degree in fine arts. I have studied with some fabulous teachers, however, and I am sure I took away something that still helps me from every one of them.

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