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I come from a family of artists and knew at a very young age that I wanted to be an artist too. While other kids were out riding scooters and playing baseball, I was in my room drawing and painting. My biggest influence was my dad, an architect and an artist. I was also inspired by my Aunt Vivian, a watercolor artist and my grandmother, a weaver. My favorite artist and biggest hero is my sister, Eleanor McGough, who is a professional artist in Minneapolis.
I earned a BFA in Jewelry Design at University of Idaho in 1978, and a BA in Art Education in 1979. After teaching art for 34 years, I am now retired and having a great time being a professional artist.
Watercolor is my primary medium and much of my work is inspired by my colorful family and friends. My paintings are not filled with a lot of deep meaning, but do explore the human condition, especially friendship and aging. My 'Best Friend' paintings celebrate friendship and how it grows as we age. They also poke fun at aging. Itís inevitable, frustrating, and not always pretty. I recommend a heavy dose of denial along with a heaping spoonful of humor.
Although my primary medium is watercolor, I also enjoy working in glass. Currently, I am working on 3 dimensional glass paintings. This is a slow process. I paint one layer at a time, so each piece goes through multiple firings from 1200 to 1485 degrees. Some pieces are painted on both the front and the back. When the firing is complete, I assemble each piece in layers, often using spacers to create depth.