For thirty years of my life I have worked as an interpreter for the deaf, giving voice to users of American Sign Language. Historically Deaf people have been discriminated against and marginalized and experiencing any type of abuse and discrimination takes a deep toll. Some have categorized the toll interpreters face in our work as vicarious trauma. Being the "voice" of another, literally embodying the thoughts, emotions and expression of another person is an immense responsibility and was an experience that led to a deep need to get some distance and express myself. I didn't intend to start making art again, it was something I enjoyed all through my youth and frankly was what got me through my teens. In 2013 my Mother died; I had a very difficult relationship with her yet for some reason I had an intense urge to make art, perhaps it was related to coping mechanisms of my youth, but it was an intense urge. I felt the need to re-connect to a deeper part of myself that I had lost somewhere along the course of my life.
That Christmas my Sister bought me some supplies, and (much to my horror) entered me into the "Snow Show", a small local show at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. I've been experimenting own voice through in this way ever since. Though I am primarily self-taught, I have studied with watercolor artist and instructor Sally Heston of Broadview Heights, Ohio. I am deeply moved and influenced by the art of John Singer Sargent and Bill Jacklin.
I strive to be open to seeing the crossroads in life, and brave enough to take unplanned turns. My art incorporates a sense of movement, often in unexpected subjects. Most importantly my art is for me a way to be an active participant instead of a conduitfor another. Most of my pieces start with a feeling, which leads to my creative process.