For as long as I can remember, creating art has given me joy. Although my high school art teacher encouraged me to go to art school, afraid that my education would be too focused at an art school, I headed off to a liberal arts college. At The College of Holy Cross, I started out as a math major and graduated in 1984 as a visual arts major. I concentrated on painting and printmaking and especially loved the spontaneity of making monotypes.
After a satisfying career in graphic design, I chose to stay home with our two children. When Talia and Aidan were young, I got back to making monotypes by taking a class with Clara Dennison at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. At the Danforth I saw the work of watercolor artists whose work challenged my perception of watercolor as a more traditional medium. I signed up for a watercolor class with Eliz Magilligan. I found that watercolor as a medium allowed me the spontaneity that I love so much about making monotypes, but without the need of a printing press. I loved it! At the point that Eliz wanted to focus on her own work, she stopped teaching. We, the members of her advanced watercolor class, formed our own painting group with Eliz painting with us. We are now the Watercolor Connection. We share my passion for art and painting. We support and encourage each other in our unique styles. We exhibit together…I am grateful for our connection.
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