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Artist's Inspiration

My art-making practice expresses my love and compassion for family and all children. I also have a passion for Mother Earth and observe closely when she is communicating with us. The soft wind, the pink sky, and the destruction we are now all facing. I pray often for the ones that I love and for our planet. I look to God for guidance in my daily life and for reassurance that our world is good and everyone is worthy of love. I am not an active artist. I find myself busy with my girls and teaching. This project was a significant challenge for me. It forced me to reflect on my practice and interpretations, but I could also spend time with my twins, painting in our basement and enjoying this quiet time together.

Artwork of Light & Dark

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The trees wrapped in dark cloth represent the suffocation of life's strains and pollution in our world. Driving down the highway, I thought I saw an owl perched up in a tree, but as we drove closer, it became clear that it was plastic stuck in the branches. It struck me with such disgust and illusion.

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The next painting was a little more challenging to conceptualize, but I explored using lines to guide the viewer's eye toward the sky, the peace, and hope.

About the Artist

I have been making art for most of my life. I loved art as a child, explored art as a teenager, and then went to school to become an art teacher. I have been teaching art at Kennebunk High School for 24 years. I am a mom to Carly, Mary, and Lucy and a wife to Brock. My entire extended family lives here in town, and I love family dinners and playing pickleball.

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