But, it was the beauty of the Barbizon School Tonalists and French
Impressionists that appealed more to her artistically than abstract
modern art when visiting museums in Boston, New York, Washington,
D.C., London, and Paris.
Through contact with other artists, she found a master teacher,
Paul Ingbretson, who showed her there was still a place for artists
trained in the “Boston School Tradition” (Benson,
Hale, Paxton, Tarbell, etc.) She studied at The Ingbretson Studio
of Drawing and Painting from 1995-1999. His studio was similar
to the great ateliers of 19th century Paris, where students designed
paintings in relation to natural north light and its contrasting
shadows. Training was in an orderly progression from cast drawing
to figurative drawing, still life, portrait and figurative oil
painting, and older students helped younger students. Demonstrations
and seminars were given covering such issues as perspective, composition
and anatomy. There were also discussions about the art books on
his reading list containing painters’ thoughts and ideas
on the lore of painting. It was a different world. The studio
was open dawn to dusk. This new world was like genesis to her.
This environment helped create the artist she wanted to be.
2000, she opened a studio of her own and specializes in creating
oil paintings in both a tonalistic and impressionistic style as
well as plein-air landscape paintings. She loves what she does.
She lives with her husband in Amherst, New Hampshire.