I'm so glad you visited my site, thank you. I've really enjoyed creating this to finally have a way to showcase my artwork. It has been very exciting and an amazing experience, all the new friends I have made through my art, literally, from all around the world. Now to tell you some things about me.
I grew up in Northern Columbia County, specifically in West Lebanon, in upstate New York. My grandparents had a farm, so I consider myself a farmgirl, as that is where I spent most of my time as a child, and then even as an adult ~ giving me the opportunity to say, I was the fourth generation of my family to have lived there. Learning to be creative with whatever was around on the farm, was something that has carried with me into my adult life, along with the love of gardening, and the appreciation of all that there is in a country life. In school, I always took as many art courses as I was allowed, and even created a few independent study classes with the art teacher, so that I could do my own thing. My talent seems to have always been there, and over the years, I slowly developed it into what it is today.
With my love of decorating, I would do faux wall treatments, and even painting some fascinating ceilings in every home I've lived in. But my love of decorating has always extended to outside where creating magnificent garden spaces has been a huge part of my life. I am currently turning my main garden areas into part English Parterre, part Victorian, and part Jekyllesque ~ after the famous painter, plantwoman, Gertrude Jekyll. I was also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to create and maintain wonderful gardens for the late world reknown kinectic sculptor, George Rickey. I would bring him in a fresh flower bouquet into his studio daily, to be honored with the compliment that I brought in his inspiration for the day, with his color palette in the little bouquet. My creativeness didn't end there. I have been a professional seamstress, where I used to do the costumes for the local theater, back home, and even have made some wedding gowns for clients. My creativity has always surrounded me, with my home full of things I have made, designed, sewn, needlepointed, built ~ always trying to create something from practically nothing and making it into something beautiful and functional, usually with a rustic Victorian flare to it.
Through all my other creativeness, I have always gone back to painting. I used to use Acrylics, but once I got the urge to use the oils, I never went back! I love the colors and details I can get while working with the oils as the paint takes a while to dry giving the chance to manipulate it into my vision. The variety of items I have painted on over the years varies greatly. From furniture, to saw blades, to pictures right on the walls and ceilings, to the ornaments and canvas I do mainly now. I am fortunate enough to now be living in a wonderful Greek Revival style home in northern Rensselaer County, in the lovely little hamlet of Millertown, in upstate New York, where we have a room totally devoted to being creative ~ my art studio.
I've also had the wonderful experience of having my paintings featured in the Hall Space Gallery in Chatham, New York, doing a wildlife exhibit for a month, and an exhibit of many of my pieces at art shows in Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Cambridge, and Canaan, New York. Some of my work is also featured at the 15 John Street Gallery in Hoosick Falls, New York. My art is now available at My Garden, on South Cambridge Road, Easton, New York, and at The Artisan's Gallery at Camelot Village in Bennington, Vermont.