I have had little formal education in art, but strive to improve my technique through workshops, study and practice.  I have studied pastel painting with  Barbara Brock, Diana DeSantis, Dawn Emerson, Jane McGraw Tuebner, Alain Picard, Fred Sklenar, Pat Tribastone, Orazio Salati and Christine Cancelli who gave me the confidence and opportunity to pursue my dream.  

My primary subject matter consists of animals and their people. Watching them interact  is an endless source of  inspiration and enjoyment .  My goal , as an artist, is to share that emotion with the viewer, giving special attention to the eyes.  I particularly like commissioned work and seeing the consignors reaction to the finished painting is my biggest reward.

Suedeboard and sanded paper are my surfaces of choice.  I use Nupastels to lay down the first layer, choosing a color that will compliment or enhance the final layer.  I then build up with Schminke or Great American soft  pastels.  Derwent pastel pencils add finer, more precise finishing touches.  I then "live with it" for a few days, adding any final touches I feel are needed.  Being a "perfectionist" in the pastel world is not popular or easy, but it's what I love to do.

I am a juried associate member of the Pastel Society of America.  (PSA)

I honor and thank my father, Royden G Drum, who taught me the basics of drawing as a child and is always with me.

The Northeast has been my home since birth with one two year stint in Maryland.  I married my husband, Dave, shortly after graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in Elementary Education. We have one son and when he entered Kindergarten so did I.  I went on to teach second grade  and was able to make use of art to enhance my program.  Although I loved working with children and other teachers, retirement freed me up to pursue my artistic side.  

My mother and father encouraged me in my academic and social pursuits, although I was quite shy.  Being an only child is a mixed blessing.  My dad was a graphic artist and wood carver.  He pursued both when he wasn't working in the dairy or on our small farm.  He was very talented, but times and circumstances were much different then. I thank him for his example.

These days, I can often be found at a dog or equine event with camera in hand.  They provide endless inspiration and entertainment.  Thed animals in our back yard or at a nearby zoo provide plenty of subject matter.  I've lived with many dogs in my life...three Corgis being our current residents.  We lost our last Morgan this year, but I'm still surrounded by "subject matter" and wouldn't have it any other way.




My art has been on view in the Northeast, South Carolina and Ohio

Christine M. Cancelli Gallery, Artworx Fine Art Gallery - Saratoga Springs, NY

The Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

The Butternut Gallery, Montrose, PA

The Lost Dog, La Tazza - Binghamton, NY

The View, Old Forge, NY, juried pastel shows sponsered by the Northeast Pastel Association

Aiken Dry Goods, Aiken, SC

Broome County Arts Council solo exhibit, Binghamton, NY

Cloudcroft Gallery, Owego, NY

Equine Jubilee, Delaware, Ohio

I accept commissions and have designed notecards and labels

Member of the AKC Museum of the Dog and on file there.

Member of PSA - Pastel Society of America

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