“For years I lamented ‘the lack of a colorful, strongly-defined, personal cultural heritage from which I could draw inspiration for my artwork.’ I felt cheated I was not Mexican or Native American or African or Japanese or SOMETHING definitive. My mostly Scots-Irish, Welsh, Swedish, and lord-knows-what-else homogenous mixture seemed so bland I thought no one could possibly see anything of interest in it. However, come to understand that it’s only ordinary to me because I know it so well and it is the fiber from which I am made. I make art about what I know, and what I know is what I have lived—home, motherhood, family, and friends.The subject matter I choose is frequently common; many times the images I use are personal symbols for my own experiences and understandings chosen from that “bland” background. Some of these symbols are indeed universal, although I don’t believe perception and interpretation for any two people can possibly be identical. My work tells the story of my experience. I feel that the piece is successful if it also tells a story for someone else—even if that story is not the same as my internal version of it.
As for medium… I’m afraid I suffer from my 35+ years of being a visual arts educator, a job which has required me to be a generalist. I’ve been required to teach all media, and I really love most of them! When asked, I usually give the short answer of “painter” to describe the kind of art I produce. But I do not limit myself; I also work frequently with graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, and a variety of experimental printmaking processes. Probably the most exciting by-product of my generalist background is mixed media; I don’t hesitate to use whatever best tells my story. And I believe that my mixed media pieces are the truest representation of how my mind works.”