Artist communities have provided me with exquisite opportunities to work and develop friendships with remarkable people who continue to enrich my life and art. The first residency I attended was two weeks in 1998 at a former summer camp in western Massachusetts. The most recent was in Beijing in 2015. Many benefits accrue from working at residencies: from deeper engagement in studio practice to creative cross-pollination with a wide spectrum of talented artists, writers, poets, and composers.
The opportunity in 2015 to participate in a cultural exchange program in Beijing and Shanghai, China was the culmination of a lifelong interest in Asian culture and art. I am grateful to many people who made the IOAM residency possible by generously vouching for me and providing guidance prior to travel. I will always treasure the warm enthusiasm of countless Chinese women who embraced and posed with me for photographs as a solo traveler and total stranger.
Throughout my life I enrolled as a student in classes and workshops. Being a lifelong learner challenges me to increase my ideas and skills, helps me identify with students I teach, and puts me in touch with new ways of thinking and seeing.