Dancing Through Life Series
This series of painting is about the beauty and enchantment of dance. Having dance in my life has enriched it. My goal is to share this joy and beauty through my paintings.
I always enjoyed dance and took dance classes as a young girl. A high school car accident and injury put an end to my flexibility and made dance difficult. It was probably a blessing. I loved to dance but I was never a great dancer. I spent time painting instead at my dad’s set production company. We created sets for many of the NYC ballets together. Some of the dance companies would rehearse at the shop utilizing the sets before they were finished. I would sit with my dad and watch as the companies practiced. I have wonderful memories of this time spent with him. I would insist that my dad work as a stage hand for a ballet I wanted to see so I could wait back stage and watch the dancers. I loved the sets and costumes almost as much as the dancing. Years ago my daughters danced. I drove them back and forth but did not take time to really enjoy observing and documenting the process. I created few dance paintings of them and will always regret that. I now enjoy happy moments with my young granddaughters and grandnieces as they dance. I am grateful for this second opportunity to paint the joy of children dancing. These little dancers are exuberant, sometimes graceful and always fun to be with. I know how fast they will grow, change and find other ways to spend their time. I want to capture these moments to have and hold forever.