Enid has always had one foot firmly planted in the sciences, but the toes of the other foot have dabbled in art, of some sort, since childhood.
Retirement in 2016 came after almost 20 years (my longest job stint) at UAB, where I managed a flow cytometry laboratory. I enjoyed interacting with young scientists and facilitating their research. The flow cytometers measure and count cells using lasers that emit at different wavelengths (blue, green, red, yellow, violet,etc). Cells are also tagged with fluorochromes that emit light when excited by laser light. So, I lived in a world of color.
Before retirement I experimented with linoleum block printmaking, watercolor, graphite drawing, photography. I took several classes in glass bead making and became interested in jewelry making.
I set several requirements for retirement. They included daily exercise, volunteer work and creative activities. So, having pinned down the exercise and volunteer work I hunted for art classes. PWL gave me my.first opportunity with a class in reduction woodblock printmaking taught by Jane Marshall. It was a revelatory experience. The reduction woodblock requires planning, simplicity of design and knowledge of how colors play off one another. Most importantly, it was a fun process. After a few more visits to the studio I realized I wanted to be a part of this welcoming, bright, and sharing community of artists.
Now, I take advantage of a well equipped studio; benefit from the artistic advice offered by members and learn various printing techniques from my colleagues and visiting artists. I have entered artworks such as etchings, monoprints, dry point, reduction woodblock, mokuhanga and photography in our annual Fall Salon, PWL members shows, the juried Ink Only and Ink Only II; exhibits in Gadsden Talladega, Decatur and Delaware..
I have not settled on a favorite technique yet, nor have I developed a unique style, but I find the artistic process fulfilling and gratifying.