During my travels, I feel drawn to flowers for their vibrant colors, tones and fantastic textures. Going through my photos I realized I took more pictures of flowers than people. Only my museum shots outnumbered them. I have even stopped the car so I could go out and take pictures of some vivid colors that caught my eye along the roadside.
I wanted to tell a story about artists and how we worked and thought and planned before we picked up a brush. My paintings start with one of my photos and devolve into a small painting and then into an abstraction of that painting. They are happy paintings that come out of a difficult time in my life and also in our country's life. I believe that you have to look at the brighter side of things and art will take you there
My background in art is strange. I was told as a third-grader that I could not draw and I took music lessons and I never had an art class. After taking a drawing-one class in a local college at the ripe old age of 52 and then transferring to U Conn where I graduated with a BFA Summa Cum Laude at age 58 and then on to my MFA at Vermont College at 60 years. After school, I reached out to Norwich Arts Gallery and have been a member since then.
In 1997, the Norwich Arts Council (NAC) received a generous naming gift from Joan Oat, widow of Donald L. Oat, the late owner of the Norwich Bulletin. This gift enabled NAC to successfully apply for a construction grant from the State of Connecticut to renovate its third-floor theater. The Donald L. Oat Theater is now a warm intimate venue that performers and patrons love.
The DLO is used for theatrical productions, live music concerts, workshops, children’s classes, and community events. It can be rented for private receptions, parties, and other celebrations. It is home to the NAC Theater group, First Friday Sounds, Miss Lottie’s Café and many other events in a variety of genres reflecting the rich diversity and artistic talents of the community.