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Artist's Statement

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Painting provides balance in my life and is a working meditation.  It quiets my mind and soothes my soul.  My work is tranquil and peaceful, quiet and serene.  I use color and texture and perspective, and a scene cast in light and shadow to create powerful imagery with a sense of peace and calm.  Each painting is an emotional self-portrait and I feel most validated when someone comes to a sudden stop in front of one of my works and gasps in recognition of the emotion it elicits.

 

My life as an Emergency Medicine Physician began in 1990. The experiences caring for others in crisis were both difficult and exciting, filled with joy and despair, extreme contradictions that impact my artistic approach dramatically.  My hope is that my work inspires all to contemplate the juxtapositions in our own lives.... of ideas, of thoughts, of reflections, of actions, all competing for our attention.  I retired from Emergency Medicine in October 2017 and began painting full time, committing daily to artistic expression.

 

Painting and creating have been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Being entirely self-taught, my journey to the present has had glories, bumps, pauses and lengthy stalls.   In the early ‘90s, I read Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and was astonished by my right brain. I’d lived in my left-brain for so many years I had no idea my creativity was seeking expression.  The works of Vermeer, Van Gogh and Fantin-Latour are among my favorites and are sources of great inspiration. 

 

Life, as it is wont to do, intervened and there were several years when I didn’t paint at all.  And then in January 2016, something magical happened.  I had a dream.  It woke me from sleep and guided me to buy a cake-icing spatula and to paint with it.  The very next day, I bought one and my joyful, peaceful and creative journey to the present day began.

 

I had a dream! It woke me from sleep and guided me to buy a cake-icing spatula and to paint with it!

I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO.  In 1983, I graduated from the University of Detroit with a BS in Chemistry and in 1987, graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine.  I moved to Atlanta in 1987 for residency at Emory University School of Medicine and fell in love with the South.  I live in Atlanta with my husband, David and our yellow lab, Noah.  Our children and grandchildren are scattered around the country.