“Like Breath On Glass” Whistler
I studied art at Utah State University in Logan, UT. As I was in my 30’s already and painting full time, I knew exactly what I wanted (and didn’t want) to do. It was an hour drive up and back from my home and I needed to make the most of my experience. My professors were wonderful, their passion for art, art history and authenticity captured my heart and instilled in me an unending drive to make something much more than a pretty picture. I wanted to create work that was honest, skilled and mine, sometimes so bad, I imagined it would never be possible as I was just an ordinary person, a mom, a wife, and certainly not a “genius”. The one thing I had though was this incredible work ethic (thanks mom) and a determination to never give up, never give up.
One of my most valuable tools in school was my university library card. USU had an incredible art library and I decided very early on that I would take advantage of it. Every two weeks I would come home with as many art books as my arms could carry the six blocks I had to walk to get to the parking lot.
It was there I happened on my first look at George Inness. I was at school to study the figure, as it was something that I had initially been decent at. Finding Inness and brought me back to all of my childhood memories of family vacations in the great outdoors – camping! His work was not just landscapes – it was poetry. So much drama, so much color – but in such an incredibly subtle way. I visited an extensive exhibit of his work at the NYC Academy of Design. It forever changed me as a painter!