I have taught art for twenty years in Lynchburg—not only privately, but by offering classes through the Academy of Fine Arts, the Lynchburg Art Club, and the Lynchburg Recreation Center. Having a studio at Riverviews is another way in which I can continue to give a presence to art in the Lynchburg community and contribute to the renaissance of our downtown. Being a studio artist allows me to participate in the vision and mission of Riverviews while providing an outlet for my hope that art can be accessible to our whole community.
Although I also have a studio in my home, what’s special about Riverviews is that I have a space I share with others where I can experiment, play, and explore new mediums in a non-judgmental, non-threatening, and non-competitive environment. I enjoy the constructive criticism that comes from being with other artists and relish sharing what I am doing as well as learning from them.
I share my space with two other artists. We have covered our studio wall and a portion of the floor with a huge tarp. When we want to work large, we tack our canvas or paper to the wall and brush with abandon! At other times we may cut and tear papers to do smaller and more intimate collages.
I believe that creating itself is an “art.” It means sharing ideas, encouraging others, and being open to the diverse views, methods, and styles of artists who may work diffently. By showing respect for and learning to appreciate the creativity of others we not only build community, we thrive.