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Be the Art; Live the Story...
I am an artist and a writer living and working in the artist colony of Arden, Delaware, just north of Wilmington.
A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I earned my BFA of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and began my professional life as a designer of high-end fabrics at a jacquard mill in Pennsylvania. The textile design studio where I worked was a rich training ground, giving me insight into color, texture, and pattern that informs the art I do today. Concurrent to this job, I wrote in my off-hours--blogging as MortalMom, writing essays and articles for local magazines, and eventually writing my novel: Summers At Blue Lake.
After leaving the textile industry in 2006, I sought a visual medium to fill the void and turned to painting textured portraits and landscapes. I paint on dark canvases because I like starting with the dark and bringing my subjects "into the light."
Since moving to my home in the Sherwood Forest of Arden in 2013, my art and writing have taken on the rhythms of my surroundings. I paint forest and nature scenes in various degrees of abstraction. My writing, too, is rooted in this place. I write about the inspirational people and happenings of Wilmington for blogs such as INWilmington and magazines like Out & About.
I have exhibited my art in galleries throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. My original paintings and prints have found their way into collections all over the United States.
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Textiles; Nature (in general); Forests of the Ardens (in particular); Female artists including Georgia O'Keefe, Judy Chicago, and my mom; Church Altarpieces of Italy; Street Art; Velvet Elvis paintings; Goddess lore; Fable; French Impressionists; the Creative communities in both Lancaster County and the greater Wilmington area; my kids
I mainly use acrylic paint on dark canvases, applied with brush or palette knife with textural elements such as coarse mediums or metallic leaf. I like to use paints with iridescent qualities as accent and then tone my work with either an umber wash or buff them in tinted wax.
My career highlights will always be the people with whom I connect through my art and writing. I love the synergy of a shared experience that follows the solitary practice and interior nature of creating new work.
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