They say a true artist puts their life’s journey and experiences into each piece. If true, I’ve got a wide variety to share with the viewer. It all started in fourth grade when I drew a picture of a deer leaping over a log. My teacher praised it, my mom loved it, and I was hooked on making more art. After high school my artistic path started out typical enough at a small college in Beverly, Massachusetts where I studied Commercial Art, but life took some unusual turns that lead me to serving over six years in the US Navy as one of the first 300 women in the Nuclear Power Program. A reactor operator is not a very artistic career, but it did give me the opportunity to travel, explore cultures, and gain a lot of computer knowledge. As I left the Navy and returned to civilian life, I quickly became an expert in the use of computers for graphic design, a new addition to the field at the time. I spent the next 30+ years loving what I got to do every day – create. I proudly ran my own business, Angell House Design, where I built a long list of clients including The Last Green Valley, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Connecticut Forest & Park, Day Kimball Hospital, Ricoh International, University of Connecticut, Music Worcester, TEEG, and many more including Foxwoods Casino with which I was the designer of a majority of their entertainment pieces for over 15 years.
Throughout my career I’ve continued to take courses at various institutions, including Syracuse University and RISD, and have studied with several instructors including Karen Reid (Silver Circle), Sherrie Parenteau, and Pamela Lussier. As I slide into retirement I am leaving behind the computer and picking up the paint brush. A few years ago my husband and I built our retirement home in a place I am proud to call my hometown – Putnam, CT. I spend a good deal of my days volunteering for various non-profit organizations and when I get home from a meeting or a fundraiser I’ll head to my paint room to relax with my latest canvas or two or three. My paintings are a reflection of my love of gardening, nature, travel, and the joy of everyday life. I hope you’ll join me on this new path, watch me grow, and enjoy what I have to share.
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