Artist at large
I enjoy working with a wide variety of media; my specialty is watercolor which I've taught for over twenty years. Over the years I've alternated between working as a commercial artist, fine artist, and arts instructor - often balancing all of these at once. This is evident if you look at my home studio - or my calendar!
Places to purchase my art: The Eyrie at 50 East Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI ( www.theeyrie.net) next door to The Sidetrack, The Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Lydon Fine Art (Chicago, IL), Zazzle.com, or by contacting me. Prices range from ridiculously low for unframed watercolor demos ($25 and up), $125 to $350 for smaller to mid size, full size watercolors $600-$800 framed.
Current and upcoming exhibits:
Washington Street, Ann Arbor
April 2 - May 7, 2017
3 person exhibit with fellow members of AAWA
RAC Riverside Arts Center
I have some watercolors and cards in Gallery Shop
Ypsilanti District Library
Featured work done by my students at the library during an exhibit of landscapes by the American Artist Thomas Cole, and I included some local scenes I painted along with other more fanciful scenes.
Common Cup Coffeehouse
Jan. 4th - Feb. 5th, 2016
Reception 7-9 pm on Friday, Jan. 15th.
1511 Washtenaw Ave.
I am delighted to share the space with some of my students from my Washtenaw Community College watercolor classes
October 1, 2014 - January 15, 2015
Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Ave. (Downtown) Branch
An exhibit of my handmade multimedia art books. The show will include the house shaped books, flutter books with original poetry, and some new tunnel books. Acrylics and watercolor book illustrations will be on the back wall, too. We will be hanging the show after lunch. Possible after glow on of the Saturdays with a chance to see and read some that aren't in the exhibit due to space.
Kerrytown Bookfest -September 7th, 2014 and 2015 I participated by showing some of my work and doing a few demos. http://www.kerrytownbookfest.org
Led a demo and hands on project featuring tunnel books. What a great turnout. The tent was full.
The 10th Annual Docent Art Exhibit
April 3- 26, 2014 Riverside Arts Center 76 North Huron Street in Ypsilanti Opening Reception- Friday April 4th from 5-7pm
April is National Volunteer Month! Consider a donation at the door to hep support the gallery. The docents (who staff the gallery) are volunteers who help keep this venue available for both artists and art lovers.
Art x 3 This three person show in February at Riverside Arts Center also featured Steve Allen (oils) and Sylvia Ford (photography.) It will include a variety of watercolor landscapes real and imagined. Reception- Saturday, Feb. 8th 5-pm (and music by Team Love until 7:30). Bonus night of art plus music at the closing reception/ concert featuring my friends K Michael Joseph and the group "Old Friends" and sing some familiar tunes.
Ann Arbor Women Artists - 2014 Winter Exhibit at the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Road branch. "Sweet Bees on Sunflowers got accepted, so here's a chance to see it 'live' - full size. I have large postcards size prints available of it, too. Opening reception is Thurs. Feb. 6th 6-8 pm.
Small Works at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti. Everything in the show is 12" or less in any dimension.
Children's Book Authors and Illustrators -also at Riverside Arts Center 76 North Huron Street in Ypsilanti. This exhibit runs from Oct. 31st through November 24th. I'll have prints and ans some original illustrations on display and for sale. See a preview of the Spider book and the Mouse books.
Festival of the Honey Bee - art at Bona Sera Cafe (September)
In Fabulous Ferndale - Community Gallery at Level One Bank. This modern, open space close to a lot of other great galleries, the Rust Belt, restaurants, etc. I had 14 paintings including many from the fish series.
I currently teach at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) as Adjunct Instructor in the Community Enrichment (new title) Program. Courses included various levels of watercolor, illustration, and collage. I also teach Beginning Acrylic Painting, Children's Drama Camps, and Flower Painting for Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, give private lessons, and give art parties and workshops. Occasionally I work in theatre on stage and off stage as an actor, director, set designer, poster designer, and scenic artist.
Stories and themes drive my work: what do I need to communicate about 'big questions',those I love, why, and the way I see the world. Painting subjects range from the illusion of time, communications, chalices, and flowers from her garden. The 'fish' series is about personal and group movement. Symbolism, strong color, and a sense of magic and mystery figure largely in her work. Where do the landscapes take you? What stories do the subjects suggest?
My works are in public and private collections in the U.S.A., Mexico, Argentina, England, and India: the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Glacier Hills Retirement Center, Commerica Bank, and the Ypsilanti District Libraries http://ypsilibrary.org/about-ydl/photo-gallery/language-of-art. Published works include Paw Prints in the Pudding by Jane Campbell Thornton (illustrations), Just Call Me Victor by Diane Tracey, and Watch out for Virgil (Bokmal Press, illustrations and layout/graphics). I am revising my "how to" watercolor book, and writing and illustrating a collection of children's books for all ages.
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image above: Composition in Red and Green watercolor
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