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About My Art Work

Artists go through many stages in their career - I started with acrylic paint, then got into printmaking (linocuts & woodcuts almost exclusively), followed by watercolors, then screened monoprints - and currently - computer graphics. With the latter, people often ask me how I do ‘this thing I do'. The answer is—in multi-layers. It starts with one of my own scenic photographs, old photos from family albums—or a photograph of one of my earlier works. I then ‘explore' it, sequentially using three or four of the photo editing programs that I have—but in no particular order. I manipulate shapes, colors, composition. Some photos work with relatively little manipulation because they were so tightly composed in the beginning—others involve so many stages that I would find the process hard to duplicate in the event of a computer crash! As the complexity increases—so does the level of excitement. I must state here that the computer does not create the print—it's a tool that I use much like a brush or pencil and I can ‘feel' it, just as when I'm using one of those more traditional tools. And— yes—it is as satisfying and stimulating as the use of those traditional tools.


These images reflect some of the Stages & Phases of my work
Left to Right; Blue Mt. Lake (linocut) - the 60's ; The Caretaker's Cottage (w/c) - the 70's ; screened monoprint using cut & torn paper - the 80's;
Pemaquid Pt., Maine w/c the 90's; Fenway Forever computer graphic
- current






Below - All current Computer Graphics: Mechano; Cranberry Bog; Sub-Orbital; Blue Ridge - all computer graphics
Bottom:  computer graphics - Citrus Dream; Dory
 






My Resume

JURIED EXHIBITIONS:

Cooperstown, NY National; Artists of Central New York at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Everson Museum Regional; CNY Art Open Competitive Section, Dewitt, NY; Associated Artists Annual Members Shows; Syracuse Printmakers; Central Adirondack Art Show - Juried Section; New York State Fair Fine Arts Exhibitions; Limestone Gallery International Show - 2008

INVITATIONALS: St. David’s Celebration of the Arts, Dewitt, NY; Women's Work - Artists of Central NY, Albany, NY, sponsored by the Committee for the Visual Arts

SOLO SHOWS: Associated Artists Galleries, Syracuse and Fayetteville, NY; Manlius & Fayetteville, NY Libraries; Community Arts Center, Old Forge, NY; Clayton Museum, Clayton NY

In addition, my work has been shown at the Roberson Arts Center, Binghamton, NY; the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY; Selected Artists Gallery, Utica, NY; the Manlius Library Art Gallery, East Village Arts Gallery in E. Syracuse, NY and the Everson Museum Sales Gallery, Syracuse, NY. I am a past president and board member of both the Associated Artists of Syracuse and the Central New York Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

AWARDS: Francis Reynolds Prize, Cooperstown NY, National; 2 time winner (1976 & 2003) of the  Gordon Steele Medal for best-in-show and several Merit Awards in Associated Artists Annual Juried Members Shows; 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes and Honorable Mentions in Syracuse Printmakers shows; 1st Place in water media in Rome, NY Art & Community Center Annual Juried Regional Show; 2nd Place in Graphics and several Honorable Mentions in Tel-Auc’s 24 Collection at the Everson Museum plus numerous purchase prizes from various shows.

WRITING CREDS: I authored many art review guest columns on the Art Page of the Syracuse Newspapers Sunday Stars section during the 70’s, was art reviewer for several years for the Eagle Bulletin, a prize winning weekly newspaper serving the eastern suburbs of Syracuse and have had articles in the Adirondack Echo, the magazine New York Alive and Lake Effect, a literary journal published in Oswego, NY. My poems have been published in several small magazines, including the Comstock Review and Alura. I also authored the segment on the art history of the Central New York Region in the Encyclopedia of New York State, published by Syracuse University Press in 2005 and did the jacket illustration for a novel, Swimming Toward The Light, by Angela Tehaan Leone published in January 2007 by Syracuse University Press. Most recently, my essay The Accidental Therapists appears in October 2009 issue of The Healing Muse, published by SUNY Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics & Humanities.

I also recently self-published a small book - Child of The Depression - about growing up in Syracuse, New York during the 30's & 40's. It's available on Amazon.

EXCERPT

"The cellar itself was not 'finished' - not a 'game room'. It was just a cellar - with a furnace squatting in the middle - its ductwork spreading across the ceiling like the arms of a giant octopus. This creature was fed by the coal dumped down a chute into a coal bin - a room-like area built with rough, unfinished wood. The coal truck drove in the driveway, put the chute through the window in the coal bin and made its delivery with a house shaking roar! There were no thermostats or automatic anything. At night in cold weather, the coal furnaces were ‘banked’ and on winter mornings, we would be awakened by the reverberating sound of the ashes being ‘shook down’. We would hustle to get dressed in the only warm room in the whole house – the bathroom! When the door was shut it heated rapidly because it was small.


The hot water tank had a pilot light that had to be lit when you wanted hot water. It was not automatic. It was lighted to do laundry, dishes & for baths. Woe betide the family who left the house without making certain the hot water tank was turned off. One time we did forget and I will never forget what ensued. Upon returning someone went to use the bathroom, flushed the toilet – and the water was boiling hot and steaming! We turned off the heater and opened all the faucets to let the hissing steam and hot water run off. A bit longer and the hot water tank might have exploded, taking off like a missile!"




My College Sketch Book









Drawing is my true first love. I take my sketch book and colored pencils whenever we travel. I never sell them because they are so personal, containing a more vivid memory than any photo could. Some examples follow:

                                                                              Left to right: Gazebo overlooking Penobscot Bay; Homeport Inn in Searsport, Maine; Pemaquid Point Light, Maine
                                                                                                              Prismacolor pencil sketches done 'en plein air' (artist-speak for 'on the spot)!




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