I have loved animals all my life…everything from hamsters to horses. And I have loved art all my life…everything from watercolor to weaving. After nearly three decades as a psychologist, who always dabbled in animal art on the side, I have finally given myself over to pursuing my muses and my pets full-time.
My training as an artist has come in bits and pieces. As a child, I was always the artist in my classroom. During my adolescent years at SHS, I had a part-time job working at Scarsdale Studio Workshop. I was the art editor of Bandy during my senior year. In college I experimented in classes both in studio art and in art history. More recently, I have taken classes in drawing, illustration, collage, watercolor, weaving, and oil painting at the New Art Center in Newton , Massachusetts , and at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. I have also taken semi-private lessons with master painter Marian Dioguardi (mariandioguardi.com), and I am currently in a critique group with her.
As an adult I worked for over thirty years as a clinical psychologist, while raising three very artistic children along with my husband. I always encouraged my children to follow their hearts in choosing their career paths. My oldest daughter, Lanie, is now a visual artist who teaches drawing and painting at the University of New Hampshire ( helenawurzel.com).
My second daughter, Hannah, works in film and television. My son, Benja, is a college sophomore, who is passionate about the performing arts, including the dance form called popping. In recent years, my children have "parented" me into following my life-long dream of becoming an artist. So, I would have to say that is it largely to my children's credit that I am now a full-time artist.
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