As the youngest, I was exposed to talented siblings. We were all encouraged to perform to our maximum by my mother.
My education in fashion design culminated in Haute Couture in 1955. Though I always had a desire for art and especially water color painting, for 47 years I was a fashion designer primarily of evening and wedding dresses and Victorian era clothing, plus theatre costumes. I was the in-house costume designer for seven years at the Illinois Theatre center plus I did some Chicago and suburban theatres, including the Goodman theatre as assistant designer for the inspector general which won the Jeffrey award.
My first recollection of drawing was at the age of four and I continued practicing throughout my life. Classes include studying oil painting under Al Rogoff, watercolor with Claire Wiest, mixed media with Pat Moore, clay under Caulette Davis, Chinese brush painting with Ning Yeh.
Participation in exhibits includes Tall Grass, Moraine Valley Community College, Union Street Gallery and other locations in Illinois and Florida. Awards include second place in 1990 and honorable mention in 2002, both at Moraine Valley and a honorable mention at the Hollywood Art Guild in Florida.
For the past three years, I have taught watercolor and produced two art shows, each in winter in Hollywood and Pompano Beach Florida, One of my students won a city contest and was second in a state contest.
This is my eighth year as a member of the Flossmoor Village Artists co-op, where I had a one person show and was a past president. I am also active in Art Trek, where participating studios have open houses.
Concentrating on my career started in 1982 and will continue for the rest of my life.
My work is original, with the introduction of Celtic patterns and creation of “special ladies” five years ago. I love all subjects including flowers, still life, scenery and even Chinese brush painting. I do commission work and “free spirited” work.