My first artistic attempt was years ago when my dad’s best friend retired. He wanted to keep busy, so I agreed to take a night course oil painting class with him at the local adult ed organization. We both did pretty well but, since I was working and commuting at the time, I never pursued it.
Fast forward several decades to when I have more time and live in Bath, Maine. I’ve always liked to draw, so here in Bath I took a drawing course with Stu Ross. Next, in 2007 I enrolled in Evelyn Dunphy’s watercolor class. I loved it and readily took to it. I tried my hand in still lifes, landscapes and botanicals. But what I soon discovered was that I love to draw and paint people and animals.
I’ve been fortunate to have made three trips to Africa: South Africa, Kenya and Morocco. Needless to say, these opportunities were life-changing for me. With my camera I tried to capture a series of African children, whom I’ve now been painting. And of course, I have done the same with the numerous animals, wild and domestic, that I saw. I find them all very exciting and challenging.
I am a realist. My paintings are “true to life” and, as much as I love each one as completed, I am working to make them more artistic and not so photographic.
I am a founding member of the Centre St. Arts Gallery in Bath, where my animals and human subjects have been on display. I have also had artwork at the Moulton Union at Bowdoin College, the Chocolate Church Gallery in Bath, and the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. In February of 2019, I will have an exhibit of my African paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Church, also in Brunswick.