When I was ten years old, what I wanted from life was simple; namely, to do a cover for The New Yorker. I also wanted a horse, but even I knew that was unrealistic.
I grew up with my parcel of crayons and paints in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where instead of trappings like cities or museums or grocery stores with avocados, we had squeaky-clean air, long dazzling winters, and magnificent Lake Superior. The lake was the backdrop to every view looking north, a slice of deep blue along the horizon. If my childhood had a theme color, that blue would be it.
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t compelled to make pictures, influenced not only by the surrounding countryside and the art on a certain magazine cover, but also by illustrations in my favorite children’s books. I poured over them, making copies, trying to figure out how the artists did what they did.
Oddly, none of the people making these books lived anywhere near my neck of the woods. The East seemed to be the place for artists. When the time came for college, I headed to New England to study art.
I live here still, in New Hampshire, where we have squeaky-clean air and long dazzling winters. The landscape closely resembles those scenes in the children’s books that fed my imagination for so many years. And sure enough, you can't swing a dead cat around your head without hitting an artist.
I do miss Lake Superior, but in a pinch, there’s always the Atlantic Ocean.
And I’m still waiting for that call from New York . . .
2014 Long River Studios, Lyme, New Hampshire
2012 Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme, New Hampshire
2008 Ledyard Gallery, Howe Library, Hanover, New Hampshire
2008 Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme, New Hampshire
2005 Governor’s Pavilion, Montpelier, Vermont
2000 Stoddard Center at Cardigan Mountain School, Canaan, New Hampshire
1993 The Taylor Gallery at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hampshire
1991 Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme, New Hampshire
Juried and Group Exhibition
2013 AVA Gallery Drawing Invitational, Lebanon, New Hampshire
2013 Long River Studios, Lyme, New Hampshire
1994–2013 AVA Gallery Juried Summer Exhibition, Lebanon, New Hampshire
2009 Betty Grant Gallery, Converse Free Library, Lyme, New Hampshire
1995 Epic Gallery, Naples, Florida
1995 The Mill, Bradford, Vermont
1994-1996 Windsor Gallery of Art, Windsor, Vermont
1994 Museum at Lower Shaker Village, Enfield, New Hampshire
1994 Galleria Arts, Hanover, New Hampshire
1993 Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, New Hampshire
1992 Galley 53, Hanover, New Hampshire
1984 Cranbrook Museum of Art, Degree Exhibition, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Westshire Elementary School, West Fairlee, Vermont, 2006-2007
Head to a Pleasant Spot, Susan Blackaby (Flyleaf Publishing, 2014)
Cousin Trouble, Susan Blackaby (Flyleaf Publishing, 2014)
Dot and Dan, Laura Appleton-Smith (Flyleaf Publishing, 2010)
Dot Likes to Dig, Laura Appleton-Smith (Flyleaf Publishing, 2010)
Pam Takes a Nap, Laura Appleton-Smith (Flyleaf Publishing, 2010)
Joyce Writes a Good Story, Carolyn Crimi (McGraw-Hill, 2000)
Joyce’s Story, Carolyn Crimi (Open Court Publishing, 1995)
Superhero to the Rescue, Anne O’Brien (Open Court Publishing, 1995)
Sinbad the Pig, Anne O’Brien, Robert O’Brien (Open Court Publishing, 1995)
Laughing All the Way, George Shannon (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
“The Adventures of Otto and Allie,” Zootles magazine, Wildlife Education, Ltd.
“Where’s Aunt Greta?” Ta-Daa! magazine, Ta-Daa! Enterprises, Inc.
“Click and the Kids,” Click magazine, Carus Publishing Company, Cricket Magazine Group
1984 MFA Painting and Drawing, Cranbrook Academy of Art
1979 BA Studio Art, University of New Hampshire
1975 Kalamazoo College
Copley Society of Art, Boston Massachusetts
Long River Gallery, Lyme New Hampshire
Chapman's Store, Fairlee Vermont