I have been teaching students of all ages for the last 35 years since moving from NYC to Vermont. In New York City, I attended the Art Students League of NY for eight years and won numerous awards at places like the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolf exhibition, American Artists Professional League, the National Arts Club, Pen and Brush, and Salmagundi Club. In my home state of Oklahoma, I started taking private painting classes when I was 13 and did my first pastels at 16. During college I traveled to Provincetown to study with Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art.
I have taught at the Community College of Vermont, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Studio Place Arts in Barre and until retiring I was a high school art teacher at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield Vermont. I am currently teaching at SCAA and Wickford Art Association as well as online.
For the last 10 years (before Covid) we have spent summers in Italy and I have a Kindle book about painting called, Exploring Landscape in Pastels: A Painter’s Diary. It focuses on doing pastels in Italy.
I moved to Providence RI in June of 2021 and have enjoyed working in pastels in plein air during the summer and beach scenes in oils from photographs and sketches this winter.
I love teaching….being a teacher and an artist was my dream since elementary school. I love the wide range of students I am privileged to work with and I appreciate how much I learn from teaching.