Although my career as a School Psychologist involved many years of gratifying work with children, my love of artistic pursuits has always been at the forefront of my life's work. I wrote and illustrated a children's book, entitled, Rays Flip, Flap: Creatures of the Sea From A to Z. Due to its success, an exhibition of my illustrations was displayed at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. in 2012.
Other pursuits have included an exhibition of her 18 piece abstract series "Passages From Ancient to Modern: the Artist as Alchemist, at Syracuse University Medical University in 2012, and the Everson Museum of Art invitational venue entitled 60 Artists/ 60 Minutes, in which artists had 60 minutes to create and donate an original work of art.
I believe in opportunities to enhance my skills by taking exceptional workshops whenever they arise. One such workshop was led by Judith Kruger, noted Nihonga artist in Litchfield, Connecticut. Exceptional in its format and presentation, I gained valuable techniques which I now use in my art repertoire. Nihonga, which means "Japanese painting", consists of techniques which include in part, sumi ink, mineral pigments, and specialty paper.
Wabi Sabi is a Zen based concept that reveres imperfection, serenity, and avoidance of excess. Wabi Sabi is more felt than articulated. Timelessness is eschewed in favor of the impermanent nature of objects and processes. In my art, I view this as understated, organic, and simplified elegance.
Ma refers to use of white space, which equals empty space. This use of the void between things, allows other forms to standout.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing with gold, by making the object more beautiful for being broken. Although historically Kintsugi was attributed to the repair of pottery, I interpret this ancient philosophy of repair to a healing process of transformation,, where one can become better than before.