I start with a vibrant mix of
watercolors and allow the paints to flow onto the paper and
seep into one another. I then search the background for the
seeds that will allow the garden to grow as I
place foliage and brilliant flowers that burst forth and extend off the paper.
As the garden is emerging it is constantly in motion.I delve into the process and realize it is
finished once the forms and shapes combine to compliment one another and the garden has magnificence
that exemplifies Hope. I began these pieces the Spring after 911 when I suddenly felt that maybe we would be able to find hope in our new world that had shaken us to the core. I noticed people were more accepting and respectful to one another, and that there was a lifting of spirits that came with the blossoming of flowers. I have continued to create Gardens of Hope as I found myself unable to put into words my deepest sorrow on losing my son, Matthew. Once I was able to delve into the process of creating, I found a voice to speak my feelings. My "art-as-therapy" programs are meant to give support groups and their families a way to express what they are unable to say openly .