Artist’s statement for All Saints’ Parish Brookline
April 2020: As the chromosomes aligned for me, I was fortunate to be gifted the genes of ancestors before me who were artistic and creative. And as a child, I was encouraged by my parents and teachers. Art was what I wished to pursue, but that’s where sensibility seemed to have been the dominant advice and I pursued a career in dental hygiene. Life evolved into marriage and motherhood, but included divorce, and the practical working world provided for my daughter and me. But the empty nest beckoned me back to art, and several adult Ed classes launched my pursuits to painting and calligraphy. Twenty five years later, I am enjoying retirement and have the luxury of doing art on a regular basis. I live in Hyde Park and am a proud mother and Nana!The works here are the result of the visual I embrace in every day life or travels about New England or beyond. I have come to realize I enjoy painting barns and nests! And a calligraphy class I joined three years ago allowed me to explore various alphabets and lettering techniques weekly with a special group of like minded women.I am honored to have been asked to show in this beautiful church space. My friend Elinor Horner introduced me to Honor McClellan and here we are. It is the display that has remained on the walls, unvisited, while the world tries to pause and recover. I appreciate that Honor has initiated a virtual show and offered to have my art hang a bit longer than originally planned. Maybe one day, we WILL have a reception and meet. Meanwhile, or as Stephen Colbert says, “Quarantinewhile”, this is my collective show. And Honor deserves my gratitude for the hours she spent helping me hang this art. She is a force unto herself!