MY JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST
I grew up in Sweden, surrounded by a very creative family. One of my brothers became a professional artist.
In my teens, hand-knotted rya rugs had become very popular and they aroused my interest. It turns out that designing rya rugs is very similar to painting. They are both about blending colors and forms.
A friend introduced me clay (stoneware) and I immediately took to it. Shortly thereafter, Siena College invited me to exhibit my free form clay garden containers.
Siena was interested in having more creative activities for their students and invited me to teach a course in both hand building and wheel throwing. They developed a studio for this purpose, and it did not take long before I introduced porcelain to myself and my students. Porcelain became my trademark for many years. The pieces were paper thin and you easily see light through them.
I was also active in the Schenectady Arts and Crafts Council, working out of the Schenectady Museum. Many of my porcelain creations, including jewelry, were sold at their Gallery Shop.
As a charter member of the Visual Arts Critique Alliance, we met
to critique each other’s work and also exhibited together as an eclectic group. This experience became an important part of my growth as an artist.
After 17 years at Siena, it was time for me to move on. At this point, the blank canvas became my new challenge. I use larger canvases to express my visualization of space in an impressionistic style.
I chaired the Philip Stark Visual Arts Committee for ten years as a continuation of my journey. The Committee’s mission is to showcase artists and craftspeople in the Michael Handelman Room of Congregation Agudat Achim and helped me further develop my skills as a curator.
The best part is that I am still on a journey, and who knows how far it will take me.
My works in painting and other media has been in shows at:
Schenectady Museum Group Exhibit and sold in the Gallery Shop.
Old Forge Art Center, NY
Glens Falls Library, NY
Saratoga Canfield Casino, NY
Brookfield Art Center, CT
Siena College Gallery, Loudonville, NY
Jewish Community Center, Farber Gallery, Schenectady, NY
Niskayuna Library, Niskayuna, NY
Congregation Agudat Achim, Schenectady, NY