While always an artist within, I had a life as a teacher for 35 years, retiring in 2009 the year I began being an artist full time. I was a Special Education teacher for 25 years with the Dennis-Yarmouth Public Schools in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. In addition to my commitment as an educator, I served the local community on the Board of Directors of The Cape Cod ARC for 6 years and on the Board of the Cape Cod Therapeutic Riding Clinic for 2.
My last 10 years as a teacher were spent at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA. I was able to co-teach art as an alternate form of assessment tool for students within High School biology. I served my local community on the Board of Directors for the Mattapoisett Historical Society for 6 years.
I am an artist and educator and I am on a journey. I was inspired years ago when I attended an informal lecture by Dr. Robert Wallace on an art collection inspired by Moby Dick and donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum by Elizabeth Schultz. Dr. Wallace is the Regents Professor of English at NKU and one of the world’s most renowned Melville scholars. My collection is not about illustrating Melville’s story but about how it made me think. We all gather visual images about places we are going, people we will meet, and stories that we read or hear. With my art I hope to present the viewer with the opportunity to make some of their own personal connections.
I believe that imagery is within me all the time. Without effort it just happens and the alignment of those subconscious images turn into a vision. Triggers can be as simple as the way I look at something, a passage I read or a physical experience. I would say most of my tyvek /paper cuttings and print work is a direct result of this.
1974 Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Minor in Art - Bridgewater State Univeristy
1979 Master in Education- Bridgewater State University
Continuing Art Studies:
1974 Weaving -Los Llanos School of Art-Santa Fe, New Mexico
1980 Folk Art and Ethnography- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland (summer)
2009 PAAM: Provincetown Art Association & Museum, White-line woodcut Printing (Bill Evaul)
2014 Sumi-e Woodcut, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA.
Contnuing Education Classes : RISD, RI
2018 BIG INK: Running a large scale woodblock: DeDee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA June 16 & 17, 2018
Certification in Special Education and Art.
1975-1999 Special Educator: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, South Yarmouth, MA
Old Rochester Regional High School, Mattapoisett, MA 1999-2009
*(During my last 10 years of teaching I was able to integrate art as an alternate form of assessment for students while co-teaching high school biology)