Artist Designer Teacher
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I operate a small painting studio from my home where I teach my on-going weekly classes and occasionally a series or special class. Except for Thursday mornings, classes are taught in a step-by-step format with teacher demonstrations and emphasis on the development of technical skills and art theory and principles. The class members choose projects with guidance from me, and usually everyone paints the same project.
The Thursday morning format is more open with students choosing their own projects and medium. I spend individual time with each student during the class helping them with a technique or particular part of their project, whatever they’d like help with. It is a stimulating class as students listen to the assistance being given to others as well as their own instruction.
Studio Class Schedule
I grew up in northeastern New York State, a stone's throw from Vermont. This area is very much like New England in the look and feel of its landscape, architecture, and the attitudes of its people. It is a predominantly rural area dotted with small towns and villages. I think you can see this influence in some of my work.
After college I worked in the business world and lived in Connecticut for over 15 years, where I met my husband. His career and my family brought us to New York's Capital Region in 1987 where I discovered Decorative Painting! After moving I took a beginners' class in acrylics in 1988 followed by many classes of all types and styles - I just couldn't get enough!
Later that year we moved into our new house, and I discovered a great painting shop nearby where I had the opportunity to study extensively with local artist and teacher, Arlene Beck, now a Master Decorative Artist of the SDP. I will always be grateful to her for sharing her knowledge and helping me to realize that art knowledge is not something you have to be born with--you can learn it! In 1989 I took my first classes in oils and watercolors and have continued to study and paint in all three media, adding colored pencils in 2001 and pastels in 2013. Over the years I've attended SDP and other conventions studying with "big brushes" in the painting field: Gretchen Cagle, CDA (my first seminar); Joan Johnson, MDA (first convention class); Peggy Stogdill, MDA; Mary Jo Leisure, MDA; Cheri Rol, MDA; Aileen Bratton, CDA; Gloria Travassos, MDA; and Louise Jackson, MDA, as well as many other talented and sharing teachers. Through them all I have learned volumes about art principles and painting and will always be grateful for their guidance.
In 1989 I began teaching in acrylics, both in the shop where I first learned to paint and my local shop, eventually adding classes in oils, watercolors and colored pencils. I will always be grateful to Lori Matika and Bunny Ward for giving me the opportunity to teach. For over six years I owned a studio with my beginning acrylics teacher, Robin Eichler, and Lee York. We closed our Studio when Robin's husband was transferred to Kentucky, and I started my first Home Studio Class. I continued to teach at my local shop, the Burnt Owl, for over 15 years. In 1993 I taught my first class at the SDP Convention in St. Louis. Since then I've taught at a number of conventions, including SDP, HOOT and New England Traditions, as well as continuing to teach for Chapters and locally.
In late 1988 I joined my local Chapter, Capitolers, and attended my first meeting - a Christmas party! I sat in wonder at this gathering of a large room full of people bound together by their love of this new passion of mine. I signed up for a few committees, became a member of the Board of Directors, and was eventually elected President. In 1996 while serving as past president and advisor, I obtained approval from our Board of Directors to invite a few chapters in New England to an exploratory meeting regarding cooperative ventures. Thus the New England Chapters Council was born, and from it our mini-convention, New England Traditions. I served as President of the Council for over two years, and chaired the first two New England Traditions conventions in 1999 and 2000. It is still a wonderful convention, and I applaud those who continue to serve on its committees and as its leaders, and all they do to continue the traditions and vision of the organizing committee.
After finishing my term as chair of New England Traditions, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Decorative Painters, and have also chaired its Business, Education and Teachers Committees. My commitment to the Society and its goals continues to be strong, and I urge everyone who loves decorative painting to become a member.
At present my focus is on design work for e-courses, convention class submissions, my website, and teaching. I still teach weekly classes in my Home Studio, and occasionally a seminar or other special class locally. I have recently had the honor of serving as juror for local art organizations' annual art shows which I have enjoyed immensely.
2085 Cook Road
Charlton, NY 12019