If I could sum up my philosophy, it would be this:
The Sage is occupied with the unspoken
and acts without effort.
Teaching without verbosity,
producing without possessing,
creating without regard to result,
the Sage has nothing to lose.
-Tao Tê Ching by Priya Hemenway
The process of creation has always fascinated me, the conscious and unconscious paths that take us from a vague notion to a completed creation. When I see works of art, I always begin searching for the thread the artist followed to achieve the end product. In art as in writing, I’ve learned that the process is a journey to be experienced in its frustrations and digressions as well as its successes. It is not always necessary to have a clear picture of the result.
Although I made a career of teaching, I never gave up my love of making art. As a child, my mother was my first teacher. She enjoyed painting in oils and later in watercolor. I loved drawing and painting and took classes in junior high and high school. In college I majored in history of art, taking several studio classes. Beyond college I continued to take the occasional class whenever possible. Since retiring, my husband and I have spent a lot of time in Mexico, living for long periods in San Miguel de Allende. While there, I would take part in workshops and classes and learn all I could of different mediums. Printmaking and encaustic are currently my focus. I credit my blossoming as an artist to my many teachers there as well as my teachers in California. Currently, I have made my home in Santa Rosa, and the beauty of Sonoma County is an inspiration to create. My backyard studio is a dream fulfilled.