Artist Statement

 

My first home and the place my heart still longs for is the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, a complex land of layered blue mountains, tangled woods, and wandering rivers.  I was greatly blessed to have parents who taught us from our earliest years to revere the natural world, my father as an environmentalist and my mother as an artist.   New Mexico offers a different kind of beauty, grand and expansive, but even here I find myself seeking out intimate landscapes and intricate natural subjects that remind me of that earlier time and place.  

 

I received my bachelor of arts degree in anthrolopology from Duke University and both bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees in printmaking from Eastern Michigan University, with a concentration in serigraphy and intaglio printmaking.  From 1988 to 1997 my woodcuts, serigraphs, etchings, and mixed media paintings were included in more than 30 regional and national shows.  After moving to New Mexico in 1998, I began working primarily in pastels, occasionally in acrylics.  My paintings received awards in a number of local and national shows, including second place in the Pastel Society of New Mexicos's 2003 and 2004 National Exhibitions and first place in 2005.  

 

A few years ago I learned about the relatively new, nontoxic process of making prints from light-sensitive etching plates, and am once again concentrating my art-making efforts in that area.  It is a kind of homecoming to return to the medium that was my first love, with all its technical challenges and esthetic possibilities.  The process is exacting and time-consuming, but nothing I've experienced in art surpasses the Aha! moment when the first proof of a new plate is pulled.