Artist, Writer, Educator
Thank you for visiting my website. Here you can learn about my writing, my art, and a little about me 🙂
I’m a retired English and Creative Writing teacher who earned my MFA in creative writing from Carlow University, and published my first book, “Greek Lessons: A Cultural Odyssey.” I say first book, because I am hard at work writing my second book, a novel. Stay tuned for more information on this!
I am an artist who has worked primarily in oils for the past ten years, but I have recently begun experimenting with watercolors. It’s a whole different ball game, but I’m enjoying working with brushes, water, and paper in lieu of a palette knife, linseed oil, and canvas – for now! I was one of three high school student members of the West Hills Art League decades ago, and I remain a member today. I’ve recently been accepted into the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
Please scroll down the page to learn about my art and writing, and to read my Artist’s Statement and Writer’s Thoughts. I’d also love to hear from you – my contact information is at the bottom of the page.
Experiments in Watercolor
Featured Artwork – Places, People, Pets (and some Produce!)
My Writing and Art
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The process of writing for me is not far removed from the process of painting. In each, there is the question of composition. In writing, it’s taking words, thoughts, expressions, stories, and ideas, and moving the words on the page to form a cohesive, interesting story. Just as I take pleasure in transforming ideas into a visual interpretation, I also take pleasure in transforming ideas and thoughts into narrative.
My immersion in art begins with the vision of shapes and contrasts and the challenge of composition and progresses to the tactile joy of mixing color on the palette. I’ve learned to understand objects as shapes and shadows, and I take pleasure in transforming photos, ideas, or three-dimensional objects into visual interpretations on canvas. Using a palette knife allows me the freedom of experimentation, moving the paint on the canvas, changing direction, scratching, blending, until I am satisfied with my creation. I mix my colors from a basic palette and work within this minimal palette to create a rich spectrum of colors. My art reflects the passion and personality of the people and places that I paint.
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