|"The artist," how
nice that sounds! Thanks to my children, who have
given me this website as mothers day gift, "the artist" is
truly international!! I am an American but have lived and taught school
abroad (Austria, Persia, Abu Dhabi, India and France) for the past
30 years. I have painted, sketched, ridden horses and motorcycles
and jeeps and camels, hiked, visited different cultures, sailed, eaten
all kinds of food, developed many different and exotic musical
appreciations, meditated, studied eastern philosophy, and raised three
As fate would have it, when a friend suggested that wetake drawing and painting classes together, I agreed that I would love to do that. It would make up for the fact that I turned down a scholarship to an art school in favor of becoming a teacher. She organized it - and we encouraged each other to go to classes when we were tired after a full day of teaching school and would have preferred to go home and relax We studied with Bertrand Lallemand-Legendre, a respected Paris watercolorist and author of a book about a particular method of transparency and the layering of color in watercolor painting. It was a bit more demanding than I had originally intended, but it was just what I needed to get me going. And I began to love it! I have shown at exhibitions here in Paris, sold paintings at auctions, received commissions for custom paintings and I am represented in a gallery in Cape Cod. I am looking forward to my imminent retirement so that I will have more time to paint.
Following are some recent photos of the artist in my favorite guise as "intrepid traveler" and "Omi".
|Do I look
surprised? Just a bit - at my sixtieth birthday
|Just one of
many fabulous shots on an unforgettable hike in Tajikistan.
|My kids at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.|
|Climbing the path to smoking Vesuvio!|
Indian Ocean, just off of Mauritius - magnificent
magic stone in one of many mysterious stone circles
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