Our family at our Shenandoah Mountain retreat
On the lower loop of our meadow walk in October
Thank you for your interest in my work!
I grew up in what was at that time a mostly rural landscape in Washington Crossing, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, although it was such tiny village that near-by Yardley--where my father owned a barber shop--was really my home town. My family home backed up to the historic Delaware Canal, which was a wonderful venue for childhood adventures: fishing in summer, ice skating in winter, and long walks in every season. The history of America's canal network is a fascinating one about which there is a great deal to learn at the National Canal Museum in Easton, Pennsylvania. I recommend a visit to the museum and a walk along the canal if you are ever in Bucks County. History will be all around you there, so be sure to visit some of our many museums and historic sites.
Although that part of Bucks County has become a prestigious address, I grew up in very modest circumstances. Economic realities limited my opportunities, and I patched together a degree in graphic design by taking night classes at community colleges and tech schools. I have supported myself using those skills, but have made at least a portion of my income as a landscape painter for my entire life.
I believe that connection with the natural world is a universal human need, although each of us is welcome to define “connection” and “natural” differently. My connection is through my paintings, and for me the natural world is that which is around me, wherever I am. I’ve lived in cities; I’ve lived in the country; I’ve live in suburbia. Each realm has its own version of nature. I’ve painted street scenes, window boxes and tiny backyard gardens in the city; fallow fields, orchards and rows of standing corn in the country; backyard birds and lush gardens in the suburbs. And all have made me feel deeply and happily connected to nature.
Everywhere I have lived has informed my art; all of those very diverse landscapes became paintings. I work outdoors often, in traditional plein air style, albeit rarely for an entire painting: I make color sketches, take notes and photographs in the field, and then create finished work in my studio. For me, the result is the best of both worlds, with the immediacy and spontaneity of plein air technique blended with the craftsman-like calm and attention to composition of the studio. The result is here for you to enjoy, as I have enjoyed every step in bringing these images to life.
Paintings available for sale are marked as “price upon request” here. Sold pieces remain here on my website, marked as such and providing a lasting archive of my work. I welcome inquiries so please feel free to contact me with any questions.
If you are curious abot how my paintings evolve into finished work, you might be interested in learning more about that process by exploring a page about the paintings.
And to see my paintings in person, please visit the Cheltenham Center for the Arts Shop in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Any piece you see here on my website that is marked "Price upon request" can be viewed at the shop simply by letting me know when you'll be able to come in to see it. So let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set up an appointment.
began writing not long after I began painting. A few years ago I completed
a series of related novels collectively entitled Suburban
Sprawl. My novels all set in Bucks County, albeit
in a rather surreal version of the area. My fiction uses plots as
simple as a soap opera to explore some very complex themes, and
I enjoy juxtaposing those archetypal plots with offbeat humor, a
glaze of sexuality and a touch of the paranormal.
lifelong interest has been Tarot and I Ching. My guide to reading
Tarot cards, The Language of Tarot, is
the culmination of over forty years of work with the Oracle, as
is my most recent book, The
Language of I Ching. All of my books are available as traditional bound books and e-books on Amazon. The success of my books has been very gratifying and if you are reading this out of interest in my writing rather than my painting, I thank you for seeking my website out and for your support.
I currently live in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with my husband and our rescue dogs.
Thanks again for stopping by,
At the upper meadow in July
At the beach house inSeptember, after the crowds are gone and we have it all to ourselves, Prout's Neck, Maine
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