Ms. Pike is a painter of landscapes, religious scenes, portraits, and figures. Her favorite mediums are oil and acrylic, and sometimes watercolor, pen & ink. Her interest in the growth of the human spirit and its journey through life are subtly visible in the details and subject matter of her works. Her portraits seek to capture the spirit of the subject utilizing symbolism to convey hidden meanings. Her goal is to try and paint such that, "some truth might shine through the paint, without being subject to it."
Her reverence for Old Masters inspired her to study history of art and old master's techniques while in college. She hand grinds select oil pigments, and typically utilizes triple rabbit skin glue sized Belgian linen, double primed, occasionally priming both sides of the canvas to decrease the coefficient of expansion and lengthen the life of the painting. She paints acrylic on single primed canvas for her more expressionistic subjects owing to the spontaneity, durability and color intensity of the medium.
Ms. Pike can be found painting in many outdoor locations including; Great Falls National Park, and Riverbend park as well as various open studio figure drawing sessions.
Graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; first with a BA in Advertising/Marketing and then some years later, with a BS in Aerospace engineering; she recently retired from a 25 year career in the Aerospace Defense contracting business, primarily working for Lockheed, and is looking forward to dedicating more time to painting. She also was an Art Director in the Advertising business, holding an Asso. degree in graphic and commercial art from OCC, where she was awarded the Young and Rubicam Intern Award (1979). Other awards include second place in the Andover class of 1976 art competition, and honorable mention in the McLean Project for the Arts competition (circa 1999). Her works are in dozen or so private collections.