Painting is something comparatively new to me but something both relaxing and stimulating. Relaxing because I become totally absorbed in the painting: stimulating because I am continually finding new ideas and inspiration.
I have been a teacher in various schools and universities all my life but not as a painter. That started one afternoon when a teacher training class I was conducting was canceled. One of the trainees invited me to her home where I discovered she was a silk painter. I spent a most enjoyable afternoon experimenting with the process.
A year or so later, when I was between jobs, I decided to paint a silk scarf. I became hooked. Since then I have developed my skills, learning from observation, experimentation and books. I love the way the dye moves on the silk, although controlling it is a challenge. There are still many techniques I want to explore and, hopefully, master.
Recently I have started producing silk wallhangings and framed paintings, as many customers suggested scarves were too pretty to wear but should be hung on a wall. Whether gracing a wall or being worn to complete an ensemble, each piece is unique artwork to be enjoyed by viewer or wearer.