I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and my art career started in Elementary School when the Art Specialist for the City Public Schools noticed these pastel pictures I created in 4th grade. We were drawing to music as part of the Arts program.
Ferde Grofe Grand Canyon Suite – Sunrise
Gioachino Rossini William Tell Overture – second movement “Storm”
A subsequent meeting with my parents ended with my enrollment in various museum art programs and study at a private art studio for 10 years.
I have an Associate of Art degree in Art, but graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a minor in Science, and a teaching certificate in Math and General Science. I have a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. While in Michigan, I took many adult education and enrichment classes in art and painted with the Ann Arbor Women’s Club. After moving to Florida, I obtained a teaching certificate in Elementary Education, Math grades K-12, Science 5-9, and Art K-12.
I have incorporated art into my lessons at every opportunity, sponsored after-school art programs, and taught Art as an outside consultant. Since retiring from classroom teaching, I have spent my time developing my collage work which sprung from teaching students about collage and paper tearing.
I love color. I paint what makes me happy or intrigues me.
My Paper Mosaic Process
Imagine and Sketch
All art starts with an idea sparked by something I've seen or experienced. I use source photos and make a pencil sketch to start with.
I have drawers full of paper I've torn from magazines. I gather pages of colors I want to use to create the painting and tear them into bits that emulate brush strokes.
Put the Colors Where They Belong
I glue the bits down starting with the background and work my way to the top or foreground.