I was invited to do show at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center (hamptonarts.net) that included a picture of my studio, the role of my studio in my work and a completed artwork. The show runs from June 25 to August 14, 2016. I hope you can stop by if you are in Hampton, Virginia!
I like working at home, where I can enjoy the presence of my family, including my husband, Ben, and our four cats. The cats are always in my studio when I am working and are great for reminding me to take breaks. Kali and Maya are the two black cats you can see in my studio shot. In the foreground you can see Kali, usually right beside me watching me work, but amazingly never trying to get into paint or clay. Maya is the cat in the background, scurrying across the printer. When her picture is not being taken, Maya is usually perched on one of the cat trees, along with Loki and Chloe, watching me work or napping. Located in the den of our house, my studio has three large windows overlooking our wooded backyard. When the weather is nice, I enjoy opening the windows and listening to the birds and squirrels chatter, almost as much as the cats do. If the weather is unpleasant, I stream music, documentaries, and vintage horror movies on my computer. The den/studio has a wall of built-in shelving lined with books, art, models, religious icons, and trinkets that I look at for inspiration. My supplies span the house including the spare bedroom and garage. Finished work is under the bed, in the closets and in the living room, but my house domination stops at my husband’s music room, and the kitchen. What was once a formal living room doubles as a rehearsal space for Ben’s band and photography studio for my art.