I am originally from upstate New York. I hold a BA from Ithaca College and an MA from The George Washington University. I studied Art History for a semester in Europe and particularly enjoyed my focus on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the works of Van Gogh and Matisse. I was an elementary classroom teacher for several years. I have created and taught several art programs, drama clinics, poetry classes and other enrichment classes, clubs and workshops for over 30 years and served as Director of Merritt Academy's Summer Camp and Camp Techno-Kids, both in Fairfax County. I have also tutored students ranging in age from kindergarten to adult.
I have had original teaching ideas published in Mailbox Magazine, three original art pieces published in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, two in Somerset Studio Magazine, several in Art Journaling Magazine and served as a judge for the Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award.
All of my experiences have led me here, to Yellow Brick Road Studio, through which I use my creativity, lesson-planning skills, rapport with people and huge collection of materials to enrich the lives of others. Enrichment workshops are for kids and adults who want to expand their horizons into subjects such as art, art history, poetry, studio art, creative writing and more. I believe that we all have the capacity inside us to enjoy a variety of creative outlets given the opportunity.
Please browse the rest of the services I offer throughout this website. Contact me any time with questions.
I look forward to meeting you!
A video I was asked to do for Career Day at a local elementary school
Try new things! Follow your passions! Believe in yourself!
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~Albert Einstein
Yellow Brick Road Studio
Realism is not my forte, but I occasionally force myself to try it
You don't think you have it in you? You do! You have had "it" inside you all along. ;)
growth follows change
Rubi Slippers, the studio cat
stronger every day
"Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." ~Albert Einstein
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Picasso
I adore teaching!
Courage is not about knowing the path...it is about taking the first step.
I like nothing more than finding cool junk that will eventually find its way into one of my pieces.
Kelly Rae Roberts is someone who inspires me. My husband got her to sign one of her date books for me. Really special.
Purple Mountain Majesties
permission granted to rest
Awarded the "Award of Merit" on my piece "tomorrow is today" at the exhibit "no LESS inspired" at ARTbeat Gallery in Manassas, VA. 8/7/15 It was my first real juried exhibition and it boosted my confidence enough to keep going!