I grew up in a small town in Western MA. We’re talking more cows than people. Mom and I would move the furniture around the living room, and dance to Soul Train on TV. We’d giggle until our sides hurt. We would also paint, and take art courses together. Once, we almost got kicked out of a stuffy painting class in Boston, for laughing too much. We were trouble with a capital T... and I’ve been laughing and creating various forms of art work ever since.
Nantucket Island has been my home for over 32 years. I’ve raised three surfer dudes here, who are now incredibly smart and kind, young adults. I now rent my homes on Nantucket through Airbnb, and dedicate my time to grow my professional art business.
Photography has been a constant in my life. The last 8 years focused on capturing images of the beauty in ordinary; Overlooked objects that were hiding in plan sight... which is pretty funny, considering l LOVE to hide behind the camera. My long exposure shots of the ocean, are far more abstract, and described by others as modern, calming and soothing.
During the pandemic, I wanted to create different bodies of work, which gives others a sense of calm. That desire lead me back to my love of painting and sculpture. Now, combining the two, I have created textural mixed-media works of art.
My process starts with a form of meditation. Wave sounds are usually playing in the studio, to help me connect with a memory of being by the water.
Images pop into my head, of the waters edge, where the water meets the sand, in the froth, or that place where light dances off the water, when the sun is setting. Sculptural mediums, paint and several other materials are layered into each piece of work.
Once completed, each sculptural painting seems to come to life. Sometimes the colors are vibrant and striking. Other times they are subtle, with little bits of shimmering moonlight.
My hope is that they give you a soothing place for your mind to rest, and provides you with a sense of calm. They may also spark a memory, a feeling, or a connection, to someone or something, that sinks deep into your heart and soul.