I was born, grew up, married, raised children and worked in Chicago, Illinois.
My first job was in the psychology department of a children’s hospital with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Next came a long career in the travel industry. I was always interested in art, but had neither expertise nor time.
In 1995, we built a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and traveled back and forth around our work schedules. We fell in love with the open space, beauty, wildlife, flyfishing, skiing, snowshoeing, trail riding and hiking.
In 2008, when my husband, a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, retired, we decided to move to Jackson Hole, full time. Our sons, daughters-in-laws, grandchildren, extended family and friends are happy to visit often.
I am now very involved as a passionate volunteer and Board member at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding. Our mission is to empower, inspire, and enrich lives through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.
With time and constant inspiration from these surroundings, I’m able to study and develop my mosaic art.
My artwork is “abstract realism” meets “realistic abstraction”. Smalti and marble inspire my direction. The intrinsic beauty of the tesserae alone is art and I strive to enhance that, while presenting thought and vision.
I am especially influenced by the art technique of Pointillism, which was a scientific approach to art, as opposed to the subjective artist views of Impressionism. The true definition of Pointillism involved the application of paint in carefully placed dots of pure, unmixed color....to be blended by the viewers eye, creating a striking image.
After using that technique with oil pastels, I found in smalti and marble, unmatched pure and deep pigment.
French chemist, Michel Eugene Chevreul, wrote, “Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours”. To increase the strength of color in a tapestry he discovered the problem was not the dyes being used.....but that the visual impact is rather optics, not chemistry. The vibrancy was mostly dependent on the juxtaposition of complimentary colors.
Pointillism is a meticulous technique and for me adapts perfectly to my preferred materials and style.