I think of myself as an experimental painter, especially drawn to the abstract. I often begin with color rather than subject matter, letting colors and textures show me where the painting will go, whether I’m painting with watercolor or acrylic on canvas, paper or board. I enjoy doing land and seascapes from imagined memories of my Ohio childhood and my adult life in New Jersey. Most paintings reflect my fascination with textures, often created by using decorative papers and other self-created collage pieces. During my years as a language arts/English supervisor, I enjoyed blending the expressive power of literature and art. In New Jersey I was fortunate to study and learn from a number of gifted artists. When I retired and moved to Northwest Arkansas ten years ago, I discovered a vibrant and supportive art community that has encouraged me to take artistic risks and to grow.