My junior high school art teacher was the one who first recognized my creative abilities, and allowed me to attend his advanced art class. I loved it from day one and was a very eager student. But soon I was whisked away to England for my last year of high school, leaving my dear art teacher behind. The art room at the new school was an immediate disappointment and I was never challenged artistically there.
From England I went to Truman University formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University. After earning my B.F.A., I became an art teacher, moved to Newfoundland, Canada, and landed a job at a junior high school. For the next 25 years, I tried hard to be a creative person but family, work and life got in the way many times.
Through those years of teaching I explored many different media including sand blasting glass, printmaking, watercolour, pen & ink, gouache etc. I also became involved with St. Michael’s Printshop, Eastern Edge Gallery, and VANL-CARFAC Visual Artist of Newfoundland and Labrador, four successful artist-run organizations. I learned a great deal about my passion, and soon came to realize that I wanted to be a serious artist.
Newfoundland is unique. It is a place where ancient travellers came to scoop fish out of the sea at L’Anse Aux Meadows, and Red Bay. There have been early native people at Port au Choix to later settlers at Ferryland who used this land in order to survive or to prosper. All of these factors tie into my great respect for our landscape. It is rough, unpredictable, harsh, beautiful, solitary and ancient. I want to paint it all!
I still love to learn new technique, explore new ideas, and share my knowledge with others.
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