Much of my growth, as an artist and as a person, has resulted from learning in classrooms. Working with other adult students striving to expand our abilities in workshops has helped me identify with students I teach, and challenges me to integrate new ways of thinking, seeing, and being.
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 an ad hoc program for a week in a former children’s summer camp in western Massachusetts. The most recent was in Beijing and Shanghai 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.
In 2015, the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program in Beijing and Shanghai, China was the culmination of interest in Asian culture and art since childhood. 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 literally embraced me in photos as a foreign solo traveler and total stranger.