I am inspired by the colors of the landscape and outdoor light much in the manner of the Impressionists of the last century who took their paints outside. As I explore the opportunities of traditional oil paints at the easel, I express myself through brushwork and color. I look for inspiration that makes a universal connection and strive to communicate an idea, or a shared truth about a scene. I choose a variety of subject matter and feel my strongest affinity to unspoiled landscapes.
Born and raised in La Jolla, California, I now live in Alexandria, Virginia. I hold a B.A. in Art from San Diego State University and have studied with internationally acclaimed artists in the US and abroad. Growing up I was influenced by the physical beauty surrounding me and by the art of my mother who painted the Southern California landscape when I was young. Artists who have been an inspiration include Vincent Van Gogh, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Mary Cassatt, Jane Peterson, and Tom Thompson.
I compete in numerous juried shows and plein air competitions. In doing so, I have received many honors and awards. For a listing of selected awards, juried shows, and plein air events click here. I exhibit in multiple exhibitions and galleries locally and throughout the US. For places to purchase my paintings click here.
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” –John Muir
“Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found out that it was ourselves.” – Robert Frost