My life improved when I won admission to artist residencies. The first was an ad hoc affair at a woods camp in 1998 and the most recent in Beijing in 2015. Many benefits accrued: from deeper engagement in studio work to creative cross-pollination with a wide spectrum of talented artists, writers, poets, and composers. Artist communities provide me with exquisite opportunities to work and learn, and along the way have delivered remarkable friendships that continue to enrich my life.
It was a big step for me in 2015 to go from showing my work locally 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 enthusiasm of countless Chinese women who warmly embraced and took photographs with me as a 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.