Much of my growth as an artist and person has resulted from being a student in classrooms. Working with other adults seeking to expand our knowledge and abilities has helped me identify with those whom I teach, and challenges me to integrate new ways of thinking, seeing, and being.
Many benefits accrue from working in artist residencies: from deeper engagement in studio practice to creative cross-pollination with a wide spectrum of talented artists, writers, poets, and composers. Artist communities have provided me with exquisite experiences to work and develop friendships with people from all over the world who continue to enrich my life and art. The first residency I attended was an ad hoc week-long program in a former children’s camp in central Massachusetts. The most recent was in Beijing and Shanghai in 2015.
In 2015, I was honored to participate in a cultural exchange program in Beijing and Shanghai, China. It was the culmination of my life-long interest in Asian culture and art. I am grateful to many people who made the IOAM residency possible by generously recommending me, and to those who provided guidance prior to travel. I will always treasure the remarkable enthusiasm of countless Chinese women who embraced me for photos as both a solo foreign traveler and a total stranger. Their goodwill will last in my heart forever.