Who I Am

Who I Am

I have sketched and painted my entire life. I got in trouble in elementary school for drawing on my blotter during class! As a teenager, I won an award in high school, and again later as a young adult, when I studied at the Montreal Museum of Art. My art was then put on hold because I then chose a career as a clinical psychologist, and raised three children.

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I moved from Palo Alto, California to West Linn six years ago and, while I still enjoy a part time private practice as a therapist, have returned to my love of painting. I have joined a group of artists who paint and display their work at Sharon Stevenson’s Cowgirl at Heart studio in Milwaukie.

My Work

My medium is the use of ink and watercolors. I usually start with a quick pencil sketch, followed by an ink drawing. Then, I add watercolors — sometimes paint first, sometimes the paint is applied after a water wash. I work quickly, and either the piece will go right into the trash, or it will get framed. I have sketched and painted my entire life.

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I got in trouble in elementary school for drawing on my blotter during class — especially Latin class! In those days, I was obsessed with drawing horses, but now my favorite subject is the human body — face or figure. I’m sure my love of drawing people is partly a result of a 40 year career as a psychotherapist. I am particularly attracted to personal relationship themes. Again, this reflects my professional specialization in couples therapy, and also of course, the overriding importance and preciousness of relationships in my life. One of the aims in my art is to combine the fascinating reality of the “real” image with some incompleteness, which allows the viewer to make it his or her own.

Most of my framed paintings and my matted unframed prints are 8″ by 10″ or 11″ by 14″. A few are 16″ by 20″, and a few are 5″ by 7″. I feel most comfortable working at a size where several images can be grouped in a larger space, or one image can stand alone in a more contained space, and yet not dominate the room.

Exhibits

Exhibits

I have exhibited my work at local art fairs in the Portland Metro area for several years. One of my favorites was the West Linn “Art in the Forest” show, which I did for three consecutive years. In 2010, I returned to my home of 40 years, and participated in the Palo Alto Arts Festival.

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Recently, I have come to prefer indoor venues (less set-up hassle!), such as the annual Charbonneau Art fair, the West Linn Community Center, the Sellwood “Hip Happening” show, and several coffee shops and restaurants. I have been accepted by the Clackamas Arts Alliance, and periodically show my work in Public buildings.

Upcoming Exhibits Eight of my pieces will be on display from 9/5/13 – 12/12/13 in the Developmental Services Building, 3rd Floor Lobby Gallery in Oregon City. For the month of July, two of my works will be displayed, along with those of some of my art group members, at the West Linn Starbucks.