My work is informed by nature – to capture a moment, scene or feeling and to express it through my work.
My monotypes (one-of-a-kind works on paper) start with an idea or feeling which I express in textures and colors using natural and manmade found objects. I am a tactile person, always touching things and feeling their texture. Because I am a printmaker I see an item’s potential by how it might appear after color and pressure have been applied.
I use leaves, grasses, ferns, seaweed, eggshells, metal objects, mesh, string, and other items. These objects are inked and placed on an inked plexiglass plate, then a damp piece of paper is placed on top and the whole thing is run through the press.
After pulling the original print, I can either use the “ghost” plate and pull another print, or I can remove the objects and use that “ghosted” image. Also as the plate is being prepared, I can use what is on the roller and roll that on a plate, or use the reverse side of an object that was already printed. It is the unlimited possibilities and uncertainty of what exactly will appear, in addition to the image being the reverse of what I worked on, that makes the monotype process so exciting. Each print is unique and the result of an adventure.
In my paintings I layer and juxtapose various mediums: water soluble oil paints, printing inks, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, graphite, india inks. It is challenging and exhilarating to see the variations in the handling of subject matter via different mediums and also how one medium influences another.
Art has always been an important part of my life. It allows me to share my love and wonder of nature and life with others.
I have exhibited in New England in both solo and group shows, and have received numerous awards. My work is in many corporate, private, and non-profit collections in the U.S. and abroad.
I am a member of the: National Association of Women Artists (NAWA); Monotype Guild of New England (MGNE); Nature Printing Society (NPS); Unbound Visual Arts (UVA); Newton (NAA) and North Shore (NSAA), Art Associations; and the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M).
I live in Newton, MA and summer in Rockport, MA.