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 two dogs, Corky and Snow Bear.
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 the past twenty-five years, I have taught piano lessons in my home, the Harvest Moon Studio, to children and adults. Music and art have been so intertwined in my life, I can hardly separate the two as influences on me.
I enjoy painting in watercolor and gouache, as well as drawing with soft pastels and graphite. 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. I am a member of the Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA. My husband and I are members of a Centering Prayer group in Ashland, VA. I also enjoy walks with my dog, gardening, reading, quilting and sewing, playing the piano, singing in the choir, and spending time with my family and friends.