I have always been a student of light, form and their interplay. I work from life and only with natural light. I find great beauty in the human form in all its phases and conditions. In the landscape, I prefer settings unchanged by human activity. I am primarily self-taught, however the five years I studied with Frank Mason in New York and in his landscape atelier in northern Vermont shaped my technique and my ability to start fresh. I was named a Copley Artist in 1992. I bring my creative energies and passions together in many many different ways...social activist, food entrepreneur, athlete, adventurer and in my best role, mother. A graduate of Wheaton College and the Yale School of Management, I also received three Honorary Doctoral degrees. But the most powerful studies which inform my art are those which were pursued in various difficult and surprising passages when my heart, mind and eyes were vulnerable and open.
Sometime shortly after I lost focus on being the "first Lady President" and started walking & running instead of cartwheeling from place to place, I moved on to what I thought was really my life calling. I began to observe, draw, sculpt - responding to my surroundings first, visually, then with other senses. I entered Wheaton college, at the tender age of 16, as a studio major. I sat before my first live model - a ponderous, muscular man. I still feel the sensations of that day and my love affair with live models. I could draw. There was nothing more interesting than the human form.
Not long into that Freshman year however I left my plans to be an artist behind, convinced I couldn't be great, and I thought that was important. I also felt like an outsider to the abstraction, experimental materials, political statements, drugs and outlandish/creative behavior of the studio majors. I appreciated them! But I didn’t think I had that kind of talent and would never make it in the art world.
College studies turned to survival studies when my father’s company went bankrupt and I threw in with him to help keep us all afloat. That led to a career in business. Eventually I earned a degree in Management and continued in corporate finance and new venture planning and funding.
At age 30 I returned to drawing, when I needed to do something I loved. Within a few years I let go, reluctantly, of the security of my resume and my professional life, just to paint. This time around I wasn’t after greatness, but I understood the importance and the gift of being able to get up in the morning and do the thing that makes ones heart sing.
I studied for almost ten years, on and off with Frank Mason of the Art Students League in New York, mostly painting with him in June in northern Vermont. For five of those years I was a full time artist.
My ambition was and is to be a better, more powerful, and more sensitive painter each time I pick up a brush or a pencil. My work reflects my love of nature and, I hope, the essence of what is compelling in every scene or person or subject I study. In particular, I am interested in the way natural light reveals form, color and atmosphere. I greatly respect the craft of drawing and painting and in my own informal studies, try to fathom what lies behind the enduring qualities of the great painters that have come before me.
Copley Artist 1992
b. 1956 West Point, NY
B.A. Wheaton College, 1977
MPPM Yale School of Management 1982