I took my first art class when I was 12, from an artist in my neighborhood, a watercolorist who had also taught my father and his friends when they were children. She told me that she would not teach me to draw but rather to see. I have held onto that notion for these many years. That’s why I spend alot of time painting in my kitchen, struck as I am by the light, shadow, and space of my most familiar objects. In college at the University of Virginia, I concentrated on printmaking and photography, but also studied painting. My graduate degree from the University of Delaware is in printmaking and photography, all black and white. A trip to France in 1997 reminded me of everything that I love about color. Since then, I have been working on images of ordinary time, domestic moments, what I love about the things and people around me.