Artist Statement

There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows,

happiness alternating with sorrow...of richness that can be captured and pinned down

only by those who possess the gift of awareness.

Louis Bromfield

 

Sitting in my art-encrusted studio, I delight in cerulean shadows sweeping the Boise Foothills, wood duck couples bobbing in the creek below my window, and peach trees fulfilling their life-giving role. Photos of our children and grandchildren at play festoon my shelves and heart.


What in my life has brought me to this lovely place and awareness?  Born and raised near the  magnificent Canadian Rockies, where we continue to hike, my love of the natural environment and diverse human cultures continues to ignite my artwork, teaching and family joy.


"Quirkily disciplined" is an apt description of most of my artwork.  Juxtaposing some small aspect of nature, a ripe rosehip for example, with nods to some traditional motif, I aim to pin down an unexpected relationship between nature and cultures.  Aesthetic expressions by Shoshone Bannock, Nez Perce, Coeur d'Alene and Alaska Native relatives and friends inform my awareness and thereby artwork. So do Basque and other Old World and New World traditions and locations.


A traveler in fact and spirit, I have explored off-the-path regions of North and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa with Monte, my geologist/naturalist husband of five decades.  Each region and tradition reveals a plethora of creative ways nature and people reveal themselves.  Some of my resulting insights have indeed been quite quirky!


My artwork is rooted in painstaking discipline.  I have earned four degrees:  sociology (anthropology and psychology), elementary education, and two degrees in visual art; I have also participated in innumerable art workshops and seminars. Professionally, I have taught art at elementary, secondary, and university levels, and continue to create art as well as serve as artist in residence for the states of Idaho and Alaska. Becoming a Master Gardener is a recent, cheerful achievement.


Corporate, private or public collections include my art on at least three continents. Archival quality, giclee reproductions of select artwork are available through my website.


For inquiries about original work, workshops or art residencies, please Contact me. Thank you.


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

 

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

Claude Monet