Art has always been an important part of my life, beginning with crayons and sketchpads at about 4 years old, continuing with a BFA Degree and an MS Degree in Art Education, and followed by a 32 year career as a middle school art teacher for the wonderful Braintree Public Schools Art Department. I’ve exhibited work in the Thayer Academy Art Gallery, the Thayer Public Library, Borders Bookstore, the Cohasset Art Festival, The South Shore Art Center and the Braintree Community Arts Center.
Now that I’m enjoying retirement and have the ocean and open sky all around, I’ve discovered that oil paint is the perfect media for me to use to try to paint it. The colors in the ocean and sand and the patterns made by the waves are a great challenge because they change by the minute, but my favorite part of these scenes is usually the people enjoying it. While taking walks on the beach, it’s so interesting to see how people create their own private space in such an open environment – whether it’s children playing in the water, someone engrossed in a book while hundreds of others are all around, or people walking together in the shallow water sharing their lives with each other. Many of my recent paintings are inspired by these images.
As a member of the Hull Artists group and Gallery Nantasket, I am also inspired by the work of my fellow artists and look forward to continued learning, experimenting, and sharing of ideas.