I've never considered myself a fan of snakes, but current project asked me to look at photos I had taken back at Dillman's in spring past. I believe identification of my photos include a northern brown water snake often confused for a water moccasin and a northern ribbon snake or garter snake. I do have that common fear or dislike anyway of the cold reptile family, you will not catch me petting one in the children's zoo. Bad enough that I've felt the garter slither under my bare feet on a few occasions. But with a little look see, I've come to understand that in a region of the brain known as the pulvinar, certain neurons respond only to these legless animals. Signals from life direct our attention quickly to particular objects and the suggestion is these snake sensing neurons are a legacy of our distant primate past when snakes posed a great threat to our survival. So the fear of snakes stems from perceptual bias, people recognize snakes faster than other objects in the environment. All said and done, I prefer to see them at the distance that I originally photographed them at, about thirty feet below the seating area in craggy area of lake that we would not intentionally cross without purpose.
Began exhibiting prints and drawings in 1973. Studies under Naperville printmaker, Barbara A.Brien. Life mentor and teacher William Vose of Paw Paw, IL. Current member of Naperville Art League, La Grange Art League and Kendall Art Guild. Teacher of Art Appreciation in Yorkville School Districts. Teacher of children's art programs in Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, Newark, Somonauk, Oswego and Aurora schools and park districts.
Three courageous grown children. Resides in Yorkville,IL.with a menagerie of rescued companions.
Using my practice of quick poses in life drawing, I opportune to experiment with colors and differing line textures to recreate quickly the effects of light on the spiritual essence of the human form. My intention is to pull the viewer into following line, breathing with it's form, knowing it's actual beauty.
Books I've been reading
Joy of Love by Pope Francis
Artist Rules by Christine Valters Paintner
On Writing by Stephen King
Printmaking on a Budget by Mandy Bonnell and Stephen Mumberson
Gifts From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Moving On by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck