About Me: I have always drawn, ever since I can remember.
Some of my earliest recollections are of drawing get well cards with my crayons for my relatives and neighbors. My grandparents were instrumental in my life's choice to be an artist. They always had colored pencils, pastels, charcoal or drawing pencils on hand for me to use when I came to visit. And they always encouraged me to draw something. Much later in life, I learned that the art supplies they gave me to use when I was a young child were originally those of my uncle, their son, who had hoped to be an artist too.
Artists are compelled to draw what they love and the love of my childhood was animals. I painted and drew them every chance I got. And even as I grew older and into today, my passion in life is animals. I dearly love them and have enjoyed painting and drawing them my whole art career. In my career as a professional wildlife artist, I have specialized in detailed acrylic paintings of wild birds native to the Mid-Atlantic region. Most of my ideas have come from observing the wildlife found in the woods, fields and waterways of our Central Pennsylvania home.
The most important aspect of a painting is that the artwork is based on an original idea. An original idea is one conceived of by the artist through something they have seen or experienced, felt or imagined. The ideas for my paintings come from something I have seen and observed --- walking in the woods and noting the way the sunlight plays through the trees, chancing upon a fox tracking across an open snowy field, a great blue heron flying over a marsh that I see while driving, watching a cardinal in my backyard when I sip my morning coffee, sitting with my cats as they lounge on the windowsill and seeing the way the afternoon sun plays over their furry bodies.
I am well known for my realistic wildlife and moody, impressionistic landscapes. My style of painting is realistic, impressionistic and/or illustrative in nature, depending on the subject matter. All paintings, regardless of style, are composed of long, graceful lines and bold, rich colors. I paint using acrylics on Masonite, vintage handsaws that I find at flea markets and antique sales and vertical-cut Pennsylvania hardwoods that have been chiseled, re-cut, sanded, shaped and finished by my husband, Joe.
Now, in the autumn years of my life, I've moved to town. And although my home is no longer in a wild or rural environment, I still enjoy, observe and paint the many types of furry and feathery creatures who visit my feeders, flowers, trees and shrubs in our yard and garden or the nearby Susquehanna River.
Being an artist is a blessing. I have been blessed to be able to earn a living from something I love; to get paid to have fun. It's been a wonderful life.
My Interests: Besides painting and animals, I enjoy the following--
Reading. I have been accused of having a 'fiction addiction', but so be it. I love a good story! I love curling up with a cup of coffee and diving into the book I have on hand. Science fiction, horror , mystery, crime, historical-- I love all of them.
Cats-- I love cats. Housecats are my favorite animal. I have had cats my whole life. The two that grace my home now are my constant companions.
I also love racehorses and have followed horse racing since the 60's.
I am an avid gardener (of course , everyone says that!) I do not mind getting my hands dirty while puttering around in the soil. I love being outdoors and working in my vegetable garden, my butterfly and hummingbird garden or my herb garden.
Being from the Philadelphia area, I am ( naturally) a Philadelphia Eagles fan.