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5 photos – 5 day challenge – Family Portrait

Day 2 of the 5 photos – 5 day challenge 

June 1975 at Long Lake, Maine. – Family portrait P1160413 After moving from Florida to Staten Island, New York in the spring of 1966, life moved on and I entered a period which I could never have  predicted….

My first marriage was dissolved, and I became a single working mother in New York during the Mad Men era. – a story unto itself.     Commuting back and forth to Manhattan on the Staten Island Ferry, I observed as the World Trade Center – Twin Towers  being built….

All notions of making art had to be tabled….however most weekends I took Jarrod into Manhattan to visit the Central Park Zoo and as many galleries as possible.    The  important thing was that I established independence.  

Working as a registered representative for the New York Stock Exchange on the White, Weld & Co trading desk.       The equipment shown here was state of the art at that time. 

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By 1972, I was planning on returning to the UK in time for Jarrod to begin school, and then out of the blue, I met and married my second husband.

We set up home/studio in the West Chester, Pennsylvania area.    This was the beginning of my career as a working artist.      In 1976, the year after my daughter Christie was born, I had been picked up by Newman Galleries, Philadelphia and had my first solo exhibition at the Chester County Arts Association. 

Of course this was only the beginning my journey as a working artist.

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Back to the Family Portrait.

As I look at this photograph, I am reminded of how precious our short time on this earth is.

In 1976 when this family portrait was taken, no one could have been creative enough to imagine the technological world that we live in today.  

Most importantly it reminds me to make the most of every single moment……

Have a Magical Hummingbird day……


A Bientôt

An ongoing process…..

Another glance into an Olhao alley, Portugal. – http://www.artinthealgarve.com


There is no final Ta Da in my work….it is an ongoing process.    

Given that everything is interconnected, my creative life doesn’t stop when I put down my brushes.      It flows and continues through my thoughts and actions in all areas of my life.


When I first exhibited in the early seventies – I was quickly picked up as a Wildlife Painter.    A reputable gallery took me into their stable, and it appeared that I was off to a flying start.

For fourteen years I painted large watercolours and oils in the wildlife genre.   My attempts to move towards new subject matter were not appreciated.


Ultimately I broke the cycle and began a new series of work in the mid eighties.     The point of this is to say that the creative process is exactly that….a process.

We are never finished…rather always beginning. 


Now, many years later I am incorporating wildlife into my large oil paintings, which are about Interconnections…..


A Bientôt