Little Cabin I  2008

       Born in Lima, Peru, I grew up in Long Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts. I always loved art. Armed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my first real job was in the art department of Sport Magazine in New York, much to my family's amusement, as I was the least athletic member of my family. I moved to Boston and illustrated children's books for Warne and Company and for Houghton Mifflin Company. I worked as a freelancer from Western Massachusetts  until I went back to school for a Master's in Teaching. I taught for twenty years and was also an instructor in the Fine Arts Department at University of Massachusetts for a dozen years. I loved those years. My own pastel work evolved after I changed careers and became a fine artist. I really love these years!  Here is my statement about my journey:
          Because I live on a farm in the foothills of the Berkshires of Massachusetts, I draw my inspiration for my soft pastel drawings from the colors, shapes, lines and textures of various elements found in the organic shapes of nature.
I work in my studio from memory, sketches, and photographs, guided by an intuitive process to create a heightened interpretation of the observed and imaginary world around us. My love of drawing led me to explore pastel since mark-making and color meet in this medium. Because pastel is close to pure pigment, I am able to generate beautifully vibrant colors. I can create subtle gradations of hue, tone and overlay, which can be obtained while not losing the expressive qualities of line.