About the Artist

      I grew up in Norwich, Connecticut. My parents, Sidney and Dorothy Beller, were both very creative people. I was very fortunate that they sent me every Saturday morning from elementary through high school to Norwich Free Academy where I learned to paint and draw.  I have four wonderful sisters, who have been great friends through the years. 

      I attended the University of Connecticut as an art major, and met my husband, Joe Pompano, there.  We lived in Massachusetts for many years, and I received my B.A. Degree and teaching certification in Elementary Education and Art Education from the University of Massachusetts.  In 1981, we moved to Virginia. We live in a wonderful old house in Hanover, Virginia.  We have raised three lovely and talented daughters; Rachel, Rebecca, and Laura, and we now share our home with our dog, Elsie Buttercup.  

      I have worn many hats over the years, having worked as an elementary school teacher, art teacher, portrait artist, and scrimshaw artist. I have also done illustration work for book covers for Thorndike Press, and greeting cards for Sunrise Publications. For  twenty-eight years, I taught piano lessons in my home, the Harvest Moon Studio, to children and adults.  I retired from teaching piano lessons in 2019, and I am enjoying a new, slower pace in my life, with time for new goals, such as training my new puppy to be a therapy dog who can visit Elementary schools and help children learn to read in the Paws for Reading program!        

    I enjoy painting in watercolor and gouache, as well as drawing with graphite pencils.    I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to write a book on woodburning for Fox Chapel Publishing.  Woodburning Project and Pattern Treasury was published in October, 2011 and is available for sale at Amazon.com. or Barnes and Noble.

     I love to paint wildlife, landscapes of rural scenes, or doing nature studies of flowers, gardens, animals and birds, and children. I especially enjoy doing paintings that illuminate poetry, weaving images together that express the meaning of the words. Besides painting, I also enjoy walks with my dog, gardening, reading,  sewing, playing the piano, singing in the choir, and spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I enjoy meditation and are members of a Centering Prayer group in Ashland, VA.