"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures." - Henry Ward Beecher
I am a lifelong Wisconsinite, an alumna of UW Green Bay and UWM. My home is now in Whitewater, where I serve on the Board of the Whitewater Arts Alliance and as a docent at the Cultural Arts Center, as well as being one of the Whitewater Circle of Artists. The arts community in Whitewater is generous with sharing their knowledge and expertise, and I have learned so much from so many other artists.
I have always loved doing art, but during my 25 years as a college librarian, I stashed the art from my college years and my brushes in a closet, reminders of “things I could have done with my life but didn’t.” Then a few years ago, my Muse awoke in a manic state, and I could resist her no longer.
In the circle of the year that is my life, it is now Autumn. I have been given the gift of time to listen to my inner spirit and to give it expression through my art. I believe we are all engaged in a lifelong process of creating and revealing who we truly are, and art is my way of doing so. I create the art, but at the same time, the art reveals who I am. Those moments don’t last long, because both art and life are always in the process of becoming, but it is a reciprocal process; the artist changes along with the art.
"The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them." - Goethe
I have a deep connection to Nature, both real and imaginative. When I see a face in the bark of a tree, or I look into the eyes of a wild creature and see a kindred spirit, I invite those images into my paintings, in the hope that once we see them there, we’ll begin to see them in the real world too and will honor their right to share this Earth as our common home.
After a bird has gathered twigs and grass and bits of string for a nest, she shapes her nest from within, using the pressure of her body to create a space that is a perfect fit for herself and for the new life she will incubate. My hope for my life as an artist is that it will fit me like a nest, uniquely suited to who I am, because it was shaped not by the outer forces of necessity, but by my own inner being.
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." – Douglas Adams, in The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul
Artist Website: www.luminousfrog.com
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