My development as an artist increased when I won admission to artist residencies. The first was in 1998 and most recent in 2018. Many benefits accrued: from deeper focus in studio work to creative cross-pollination with a wide spectrum of artists, writers, poets, composers, and musicians. Artist communities have provided me with exquisite opportunities to work and learn, and along the way delivered remarkable friendships that continue to 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 always treasure the odd enthusiasm of countless Chinese women who enthusiastically embraced and were photographed with me as a total stranger.
Throughout my life I have enrolled as a student in classes and workshops. Being a lifelong learner challenges me to sharpen my ideas and skills, helps me empathize with students I teach, and puts me in touch with new ways of thinking and seeing.