Q & A
Q. When did you start painting? How did you
get started showing art?
A. Since childhood, I always enjoyed art projects,
in school and at home. Public school teachers encouraged me to pursue
art. In high school, my teacher urged me to put together a portfolio
and to apply to art schools. I went to art school but switched my
major and graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature.
I became more serious about art in 1986 once I moved to Vermont.
For the next ten years, I worked full time managing an art gallery
and picture framing shop while I painted in my spare time. Once
I had a body of work, I began showing locally. Gradually, I tapered
off to working part time, then when I was 35, I decided to become
a full-time artist. I found a gallery to represent me and I began
showing nationally at juried art festivals. In 2003, I exhibited
at 12 juried art festivals, winning awards
at three of them.
Q. Why do you show at art festivals rather than
only at galleries?
A. I enjoy meeting the people who come into my
booth. When they buy one of my pastel paintings, they really like
it, and it's great to be able to answer their questions, and to
give them personal attention. A gallery employee might not be able
to answer specific questions regarding my motivations and/or process
in a particular piece. But the client who visits the festival is
able to come home with a richer experience to go along with the
Q. Why do you call your pastels "paintings"
rather than "drawings"?
A. My background in painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor,
goauche) has influenced the way I work in oil pastel. Layering multiple
colors results in a more painterly look. In my skies, you will notice
areas of blended color that resembles oil painting.
As I define it, pastel drawing is a method of mark
making in which each line is distinct.
Q. Do you prefer working on location since you
can see exactly how the lighting changes?
A. Pastels are convenient for working outdoors.
For four years, I worked exclusively on location. I enjoy it, but
I have found studio work to be more fulfilling. I have more control
over the process and since my studio is at home, I can paint any
Q. Do you work from photographs?
A. I take hundreds of snapshots each year. Referring
to the photos refreshes my memory and sparks my imagination. I don't
copy what is in the photos, but refer to them as I work. When I
do commissions, I use other people's photos to help me.
I frame all artwork using museum quality materials
in my studio, where I operate a custom picture framing business.
I use museum glass, which screens out ultraviolet light and is anti-reflective.
If you like my work, but you need a different size
or shape, I do commissions. Contact me
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