When I won admission to artist residencies, my life expanded. The first one was an ad hoc summer camp for two weeks in 1998. 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. Artist communities provide me with exquisite experiences to work and learn, and along the way have delivered remarkable friendships that continue to enrich my life.
It was a big step in 2015 to go from showing my work locally in New England to participating in an international cultural exchange program in Beijing and Shanghai, China. I am grateful to many people who made these opportunities possible by generously vouching for me and providing guidance. I will always treasure the warm enthusiasm of countless Chinese women who embraced and posed for photographs with me 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.