at 14 years old, making me a freelance artist for almost 50 years. I have designed greeting cards, illustrated children’s books, created items for the gift market, made and sold paintings and prints of my paintings. I work part time at a private mental health practice, but my first love is my art.
I live in the country and come from a rich artistic lineage. My mother, Grace Godwin Way, was an accomplished painter and HER father (with whom I shared a birthday) was the well-known illustrator and cartoonist Frank Godwin. I enjoyed my mother’s stories of her childhood in New York City and the exciting and adventurous life her father led as a successful illustrator.
Very early in life I decided I wanted to be an artist, too. While I was in college at the Museum School in Boston, MA, I started filling black bound sketchbooks with drawings, a practice I continue to this day. These sketchbooks are where I go for reference material. I paint in watercolors and use graphite and colored pencils for accents. I use Winsor Newton cold press paper.
I have kept rabbits all my life and love drawing and painting the natural world around me. I feel a strong bond with animals and even though I am trained to draw the human figure I choose to draw animals and plants.
In 2002 I started a greeting card company (Beach Pea Press). I have exhibited my original watercolors widely in southern New England and my paintings are in collections worldwide.