I grew up in the city of Baltimore and on a farm 30 miles north of the city. I had wonderful opportunities to explore nature and experiment doing all kinds of gardening, harvesting, cooking, making things and raising animals.
Some time before I left home for college I began doing watercolors of flowers, scenes and still life. Over the years I continued to occasionally do a painting on vacation and began taking some classes at the Cleveland Museum of art. At some point I began taking photos of things that struck me as beautiful or interesting.
After retiring in 2007 I took more classes in watercolor at CMA and community centers and in print-making, ceramics, and more recently in 2D Design and Sculpture at Tri-C.
I have been a social justice activist/organizer for most of my adult life. In the last 5 years I have experimented with expressing political ideas through my art. My artwork has been almost entirely representational. With the sculptural conceptual piece about a “coffle” I pushed myself to use different materials and methods in an attempt to achieve more powerful and engaging art. I would like to do more of this as I continue to be drawn to beauty and design.
Jack in the Pulpit
Oil on wood and clay, other mixed media 4’ x 10” July, 2016
Poppies Gone by
4'x2', wood fabric, aluminum foil, plastic wire
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