In the Piper Gallery during January . . .
New England and Beyond
I have had a love-affair with art ever since I can remember. As a child, my very favorite playthings were art materials. Born in Budapest, Hungary, I came to this country at a young age.
I like to paint directly from nature, en plein air, painting on site, in all different seasons and locations. Painting is a spiritual experience. Once Iím immersed, I tune out all noise and distractions and find deep joy in the intense creation of the two dimensional image representing three dimensions.
I love to travel with my husband John, and to paint on site wherever we go. In the studio at home, these paintings get their finishing touches, but itís the great outdoors that is my real studio. I divide my energies among oils, watercolors and pastels. Each medium has its own charms and challenges, and I enjoy working in all three.
Growing up in New York City, I graduated from the High School of Music and Art, in 1964, a wonderful place to nurture my love of art. From there, I went to The Cooper Union where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1968. In 1969, I received a Master of Arts in Painting from Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy.
I have taught Fine Arts in the public school systems of Yonkers, NY, Tewksbury, MA and Burlington, MA for a total of 31 years. I have also taught evening classes in Calligraphy at Middlesex Community college for 12 years. I am now retired from teaching and am a full time artist-painter.
In the summer of 2003, I was the recipient of a grant, ďArt Renewal for TeachersĒ (ART), from the Philanthropic Institute of Boston. With this grant, I traveled to Tuscany, Italy, where I photographed the landscape and painted it in watercolors, plein air.
In January 2004, I has a solo exhibit of my photos and watercolors of the Tuscan Landscape at the Public Library in Burlington, MA.
I am an associate member of the North Shore Arts Association, the Rockport Art Association, and the New England Watercolor Society.