Who would believe the most impressive art instruction I received was at the young age of ten years old? Miss Bass taught the discipline of art, watercolor brushwork, and the art of expression. She declared I was talented and that followed me the rest of my life. Future jurors would comment on what one called, " Very gutsy painting!" Indeed, children have no fear.
Only when working toward a MFA did I find another instructor who understood the natural beauty of watercolor and for that matter the essence of art. Brockie Stevenson, himself a very talented artist, knew the medium as it was demonstrated by Joseph Turner and John Singer Sargent. He encouraged spontanious drawing using both pencil and brush.
The glory of art was mine to behold while living in Madrid and traveling throughout Europe. The museums, cities filled with wonders, and landscapes took my breath away. After this experience of a lifetime we lived in Panama where the jungle brought a new view of vibrant flowers, birds, and lush landscape. We even owned a parrot named Harvey! And, oh yes, a Marmoset monkey,and a pair of Toucans. Did I mention our four children who owned them? That is for another time.
The most unforgetable experience as an artist was learning the brushwork of Mr Chang. the grandson of a Chinese Imperial Court painter . Copying the work of a Chinese master not only teaches you to be a master of art but to add your own energy and spirit to your copies of the master's art. You recognize his mood, his joys and sorrows from the rush of waterfalls, the ultimate expressions of nature, and ultimately you are added to his school of painting. While visiting the Yellow Mountains in China Mr.Chang's art could be seen in the mist of the mountains, and the whisper of the pines, a prevailing whisper of a great talent.
I cannot forget to mention the joy I have received in dying fabrics. Traveling to workshops around the world enlightened me to such unique techniques as Shibori, Marbling, screen printing, hand painting, and one I icreated called " Flowing Ink". The technique was inspired by another master during my days of Chinese painting.
We come to today and I sincerely wonder how meaningful I will find the work you see today. Technology virtually swept me away with its magic. The fabric I have always dyed for fun when combined with my garden flowers created an art through Photoshop and Epson printers which captivated my soul and surpassed all dreams of vibrant color. Soon the fabric stood alone as a work of art. The garden in its own way is a work of art. It is an artist's garden that we open to horticultural organizations in the Spring. My husband Dennis is the gardener and we create the "Artists Garden " together.