Art is the sustaining quality of my life. Even as a very young girl while attending the Paier School of Art in Hamden Ct., I was enchanted with drawing. Nature has always captivated my spirit, especially the ever-changing play of light on objects and shapes, merging with the wonders of magical color. I work in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolor.
Prior to attending the Museum School, I graduated in 1958 from Amity High School in Woodbridge, Ct. In 1958, I entered the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, in Fenway, Boston, MA. I graduated from the school with honors in 1962, after majoring in Graphic Arts Printmaking and Art History. I was invited by the Boston Museum School to enter into a graduate program for one additional year to compete for a traveling scholarship involving a sixth year of advanced study in Europe. In 1963, I was the 46th recipient of the Ruth A. Sturdivant Scholarship and the 8th recipient of the Kate Morse Scholarship for Women. Perry T. Rathbone, Director of The Museum of Fine Arts and it’s Trustees, granted these traveling scholarships, which enabled me to travel and study primarily in France and Italy. At the time I had seven paintings on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1982, I attended the University of Hartford Art School for graduate workshop courses.
Teaching drawing brought me to the Simsbury Public High School Adult Education Courses, starting in the mid 1980’s. As well as teaching at Simsbury’s Public School, Squadron Line- Summer Music and Arts Program working with the fourth and fifth graders, which date back to the early 1970’s. Recently I was employed as a lecturer and guide at the Hillstead Museum in Farmington, Ct.
EXHIBITS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
My formal academic art training at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts has allowed me to be drawn to the Connecticut Watercolor Society as an elected member. As well as to the New Britain Museum of American Art Juried Member Shows, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Exhibits, the Saltbox and Clubhouse Galleries in West Hartford, the Avon Arts Association as a board member, Granby Land Trust Juried Show, and most recently, juried into the Granby Artists Association. My travels with my husband have enabled my work to be recognized and to hang in private collections in Connecticut, Cape Cod, Virginia, the Carolina’s and Florida. I always welcome the discussion of commissions.
I hope my work has inspired you and touched your life in a meaningful way. After living in Simsbury, Ct. for almost fifty years I presently enjoy life here in Granby, Ct. Our two married children and four grandchildren are nearby for added joy.
John has spent more than 40 years in the professional practice of landscape architecture, including the last 30 years as a sole practioner with his office in Springfield MA.
Since retireing in 2000, he has devoted much of his free time experiencing the rewards and frustrations of the medium of watercolor painting. He has taken a series of watercolor classes offered by the West Hartford Art Legue, as well as one on one lessons with the award winning Springfield painter John Rossini. This process has marked his attempt to transiton form forty years of using graphite, ink and magic markers in presenting his disgn thoughts, ideas, and graphic images to the more difficult but ultimate rewarding art of watercolor painting.
His paintings have been juried into annual watercolor shows of the CT Watercolor Society as well as other juried shows in western CT and MA.
Painting in a representational style, he seeks to develop painting images of his observations and deep appreciation for the typical New England landscape, all strongly influenced by his many years of practice as a landscape architect and a life long resident of New England.