For those who don’t know much about my background, I am a fisherman’s daughter. I grew up on the water commercial fishing. Outside of working on my fathers and uncles fishing boats I made a brief living catching eels setting pots in Salt Pond and Narrow River in my home state of Rhode Island.
All the while I was developing my love and passion for art. Intertwined for me are nature in general but specifically the ocean and my paintings. This makes up who I am. The distractions of life and lack of personal development, I feel, held me back from growing at a faster rate in terms of my skills as an artist but I am one determined chick! There’s one thing no one can say about me and that is I gave up!
I learned from my mother, that when I was a kid she was looking for something to keep me busy so she got me drawing books. Well, it became a life long passion. After various helpers along the way, my high school art teacher, a family artist friend and some do it yourself time, I decided I needed training so I found a woman in Harbor Island Narragansett Rhode Island who matched what I was trying to achieve at the time, to be a great copier. Getting the details to a T was very important to me.
As time went on however I felt the need to explore a more creative side. That’s when I met Ernest Principato who introduced me to the Cape Cod School of Art method of seeing the color of light. There I painted “plein air” or from life, where I trained my naked eye to see the color effects atmosphere had on objects, much like Monet and his haystack and cathedral series. We were taught using a palette knife, so far from going after the detail we were to avoid detail and think in terms of broad strokes of color. What a brain shift!!
Again, life or maybe my mindset, got in the way of my spending the kind of time I would have liked to fully develop that skill but I managed to get enough time in to where my work is forever impacted by that training.
Moving on to today, I still have had a strong desire to push the envelope. A few years ago I was asked to do an abstract painting. I had experimented with a few abstracts but none I considered particularly successful. I have taken inspiration from other artists doing work I admired. Practice pieces and these artists I admired, gave me the confidence to tackle abstraction on a more serious level. Sadly for this person, they didn’t like what I had done. Deep down I knew I was on to something though. Next outdoor art show, beside my impressionist seascapes, was this abstract. Guess what sold!? Yup, the abstract!
That has sent me on a whole new journey. I have explored and successfully executed more abstract paintings. I also have been combining my impressionism and abstraction to an abstracted realism look. I am having fun! The other great thing is people are not only responding favorably with compliments but they are buying my work! Wow!