Rita's creative instincts, enjoyment in making things, and interest in watercolor painting were evidenced early and were probably influential in her career choice.
With a degree in Occupational Therapy, Rita worked in Boston and then New York City treating adults and adolescents in in-inpatient psychiatry, individually and in groups. She served as Director of Occupational Therapy at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and then at St. Luke's Hospital. She was president of the Massachusetts and New York State Occupational Therapy Associations. She also served as the Legislative chairperson of NYSOTA. Meaningful activity was the foundation of her therapeutic programing.
Rita, her husband, and two daughters moved upstate to Chatham, NY in 1984 where Rita continued to work as an occupational therapist in geriatric care and in a residential school for abused and learning disabled children. Following her retirement in 2001, “serendipity” drew Rita and her husband to Hancock, NH in 2006. In fact, it was her art class in Chatham that went to Marlborough, NH for an October painting weekend that introduced Rita to New Hampshire. Soon after making the move to Hancock, Rita picked up painting again in earnest and took classes at the nearby Sharon Arts Center with Evelien Bachrach Seeger.
Rita has found New Hampshire the ideal place to pursue her love of country life and her art. Watercolor is both challenging and immensely satisfying to her.
“The role of the artist is to witness”. To take notice of what is around you…to see the world not only with your eyes but also with your heart. That is a means of expression that Rita values and strives to achieve. Making the journey with a group of talented artists and supportive friends doubles the pleasure and the rewards.
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