I like to make art about things I know intimatelyhome, family, friends, motherhoodmy life experiences. The subject matter I choose is frequently common; often the images I use are personal symbols that trigger memories of my understanding of a relationship, period of time, or an event. I remember in "snapshots," and I attempt to tell a story as I have internalized it. I feel successful when a viewer recognizes a similar experience in my images.
As for medium I suffer from my 35+ years of being a visual arts educator, a job requiring me to be a generalist. Ive been required to teach all media, and I really love most of them! When asked what type of artist I am, I usually give the short answer of painter, but I do not limit myself. I also work frequently with graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, and a variety of experimental printmaking processes. Probably the most exciting by-product of my generalist background is mixed media; I dont hesitate to use whatever best tells my story. I believe that my mixed media pieces are the truest representation of how my mind works. Most recently I have been experimenting with encaustic and attempting to incorporate it as a fresh method of expression in my work.