My development as an artist was transformed when I began to win admission to artist residencies. The first was in 1998 and most recent in 2015. Many benefits accrued, from deeper focus in studio work to creative cross-pollination with a wide spectrum of artists, writers, poets, composers, and musicians. Critically important ad-hoc artist communities have provided me with exquisite opportunities to work and learn, and along the way delivered remarkable friendships that enrich my life.
It was a big step for me in 2015 to go from working with local art associations in New England to international cultural exchange programs in Beijing and Shanghai, China. I am grateful to many people who generously vouched for me to make these opportunities possible. I will especially treasure the odd desire of countless Chinese women to enthusiastically embrace and be photographed with total strangers.
Throughout my life I have continued to learn as a student enrolled in formal classes and workshops. Being a lifelong student challenges me to sharpen my ideas and skills, helps me empathize with my students by sharing the experience of being an adult student, and puts me in touch with new ways of thinking and seeing.