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With no formal art background, I started china painting in 1977.   I had a natural instinct and a love for the art, that grew through my teacher, Phyllis Gardner.   A W.O.C.P. member, through Country Porcelain Artists, of Hamburg, NY, I have had lessons and have been influenced by the "great" painters (to me);   Jayne Marcks, Alzora Zaremba, and Shirley Hull, to name a few.

I have been our club president and New York State president, with my main thought and goal to keep china painting a "living art", not a dying art.   Motivated to have the public see us as artists and not a "hobby", I have done many art shows over the years to educate people as to what porcelain art is.   I have also promoted our art and state convention by being on our local morning TV show.

At a very prestigious New York State local art show I won the award, "Best of show".   I fought hard to get my piece into the "art" category, with the framed girl (titled "Emily"). If you click on the thumbnail to the right of this paragraph, it will display the full painting.   I would not allow the officials to judge my entry in the "craft" group;   besides, I was 6 months pregnant and I think they decided they didn't want to get me hysterical.



My work in painting jewelry was published several years ago, in "Victoria Magazine".   I like to paint fine detail, especially birds.   My other interest in painting has been "art nouveau style".   A click on the thumbnail to the Left will display som of my jewelry pieces.

Over the years, I have pretty much become a custom ceramic tile painter, also doing sinks and commodes.   I also paint walls with faux finishes, murals, and all kinds of furniture. Clicking on the thumbnails below will display full pictures of some of my painted sinks

Porcelain Painted Sink

Pedestal sink painted to relate to wallpaper.

Pedestal sink w/stylized flower.

Porcelain Painted Sink

Porcelain Painted Sink

Pedestal Sink w/stylized orange flowers.

Pedestal sink w/bouquet of flowers.

Porcelain Painted Sink

Pedestal sink w/gold flowing ribbon w/cherubs (joint venture) Cherub picture from book that I had Pete make a gold decal of.

Drop-in sink w/pink tulips. Painted with "Perfection Paints" This is installed into a $10,000,00 marble counter top. Talk about being nervous and intimidated with my function as the artist!

Tulips in Sink

Yellow and Brown Birds in Sink

Drop-in sink with yellow/brown birds.

Drop-in sink w/blue colored birds.

Blue birds in Sink

Yellow Roses and Blue Flowers in Sink

Drop-in sink with yellow roses and blue flowers.

Pedestal Sink with hand painting to match wallpaper, floral and humming bird.

Floral and Hummingbird Pedestal Sink

Blue Willow Design in Drop-in Sink

Blue Willow design on drop-in sink

Two more pictures of my sinks can be displayed by clicking either of the thumbnails below. These two sinks have poems in the bowls. Here is the way they were done. First, I typed the words out on my computer. Then Pete took a photograph of this and made a silkscreen image. We silkscreened the words on decal paper. I applied the decals and then hand painted around them and fired the piece as needed. A very professional look was achieved with people not really being able to figure out that you did not handpaint the lettering. A great way to eliminate hours of work!

Sink inscribed with poem

Poem in Painted Sink

Click on the thumbnails below to display some of my tile wall paintings, depicting baskets.

Basket on tile backsplash

Basket Painted on tiles

Basket Painted on Tiles

Basket on Tiles

Some special paintings I've done.

Hockey Player on Tiles

Hockey player on floor tile; "joint venture". Pete screened the words with the year on to the tiles. This got installed on a game room floor. It bothers me even, today, that people walk on his face.

Pool tiles - over 360 little tiles depicting client's home.

Pool tile painting - Full View

Full View of Painting

Pool tile painting - Close up

Close up

You never know what opportunities come your way;   I have branched out to designing wine bottles for wineries.   Pete, the love of my life and soul mate, silk-screens the glass wine bottles, and we, on joint ventures, collaborate with fired pieces.   You will see photos of our "joint" ventures on this Page.

Below are pictures of a wall tile painted with basket of fruit and bottle of wine. "Grande Dame". Note hand painting on all areas but wine bottle label area. "Joint venture" with Pete. He silk-screened this image on to the tile where I had left space for it. Again, most think I meticulously hand painted this label.

Basket of Fruit with Screen Print Wine Bottle

Basket of Fruit with Screen-Print Wine Label on Bottle

Close-up of Fruit with Screen Print Wine Bottle

Close-up of painting

I invite you to write me for any information regarding techniques, and I don't mind sharing my designs.    If you are a non-painter, who is interested in having me paint a piece for you, contact me through e-mail and I will be happy to talk to you.


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