Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 28, 2014

On eve of retirement, muralist leaves her mark

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Proudest achievement: I’ve had lots of great moments with many children. I’ve seen faces light up because they were able to achieve something new in their work, and I had a part in their achievement. I have laughed genuinely and fully countless times with my students.

Painting places: I have a large studio right outside of my house. Most winters I set up a small studio in the house near the wood stove and it offers great light and beautiful views. I must say that the birds and the beauty of the winter are often a big distraction.

Music a must while creating: Northern Kentucky University has a great station with singer-songwriters, old and new. It’s a favorite. Also, rock and classical.

Moments frozen in time: When I am painting from vintage photos like my grandma as a toddler ... looking into that innocent face and knowing about so many trials she will be facing ... So many subjects, so little time!

Art honors: Numerous awards regionally, two group shows in Chicago and exhibits in various locations in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky

Artistic philosophy: No matter what the subject, I am always trying to make peace with the surface – to find that just right place up close and at a distance. And working the surface, every change affects something else. As my eye has developed to see beauty in the simple line, or a fresh, quick stroke of bright color against a tightly painted area, I am sometimes at odds with liking something too soon and my quest to push to get the most from the piece. You know what they say – “Less is more” – but sometimes more is never enough.

Future ambitions: Continue growing as a painter and work on getting it out there. I also have summer art camps and will continue those opportunities for kids. Years ago I had women’s creativity retreats at my farm. They were amazing. I may offer those again. And I would really love to paint murals at schools, homes, wherever, just give me a big wall! I also want to grow food and be helpful.

Advantages of being retired: Losing the alarm clock. Driving less. I am ready for the next big adventure. Thank you, students and colleagues. I have lasting memories of so many of you. Please look me up if you want to talk about art and life.

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