I am a 70+ year old grandmother and a retired pathologist who enjoyed teaching as well as working as a hospital pathologist until January 2000.
I started watercolor lessons at the now defunct Summit Adult Education program and learned the rudiments of Watercolor painting from Sarita Anne Cook in 1987 at age 49. After two semesters with her, she recommended that I attend a more formal program. This led me to du’Cret, a non-accredited art school in Plainfield ,NJ. Upon her advice, I spent a whole year going to art school on Wednesdays and the rest of the week pursuing my profession of Pathology and, I became addicted to painting and watercolors in particular.
I began many a work day at five in the morning so that I could paint for a few hours before leaving for the hospital and was sometimes late in getting there as I was so engrossed in my watercolors! I also took several workshops with well- known artists, especially Barbara Nechis.
My favorite way of painting is to add colors to wet or damp paper and allowing shapes to emerge from them by picking them out with negative painting. I like and use a lot of COLOR in my work; I use a veritable feast of colors in my florals which are semi-abstract to sometimes totally abstract. I am more restrained in my landscapes and still life work.
Many of my prints hang at the St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY and six of my semiabstract floral prints are in the radiology department of Atlantic City Medical Center, as a result of being chosen from a State wide competition a few years ago. I also routinely contribute paintings to fund raising for the Summit Rotary Club scholarship activity and the St Francis Hospital Foundation Several of my paintings are on display at a local financial services firm in Chatham, NJ.
I am a member of the NJCVA, GSWCS and the Essex Watercolor Club. I exhibit with these organizations on and off and have received a certificate of honor from NJCVA in Summit. In the past, I have had a few solo shows at the Radiology Gallery at St Francis, which I helped start and I have exhibited at the Morristown Memorial Hospital, the Bouras office building in Summit as well as at the New Providence and Summit libraries.
For the past five years, I have been the art director of a show called WomanArt which is run by the Summit College Club for women artists of the NY-NJ-PA area at the New Providence library were artists can exhibit two dimensional art in any medium without restrictions for a small fee.
At the urging of some friends, I have recently stated giving lessons in my style of watercolors at my home in Summit.
“Painting is an integral part of my life. It is an expression of my joy in everything I see.”