I am an artist and writer, living in Colorado in the summer and Arizona in the winter – a long way from my Canadian roots in Ontario, Canada. I have been a visual artist for many years, graduating with a degree in fine art from a small college in Massachusetts after leaving a nursing career. The focus of my art has been painting, printmaking and mixed media/collage. In the last two years I embarked on a new road as well, that of writing poetry. My self-assigned education means reading poems (lots of them), studying poetry criticism and books about writing poetry as well as attending writing conferences.
For me the visual arts have always been the way of expressing who I am, how I see the world and what I am thinking about. The path of an artist demands continuous re-examination of goals, means and methods in order not to become “stuck” in routine. Writing poetry is a different art but draws from the same resources: memories of events, senses that evoke a particular place, awareness of the world and concentrated looking at my surroundings. There is a desire to express my thoughts in words and images that have meaning and reach out to the reader or viewer. Success, to me, is whether my work accomplishes my intent, is accessible to others, has some sense of mystery, shows well-considered composition and, most of all, expresses sincerity and beauty.
Creating anything is hard work but first you have to think about what you will create and that is hard work too. I will share with you my failures as well as any success that comes my way. My hope is to include others on my journey through art, poetry, stories and observations and that you will find something that provokes thought, appeals to your aesthetic sense and which may have personal meaning for you, my readers.
Thanks for being here.