Landscape Artist – Outdoor Painter
I live in Alexandria, Virginia, along the Potomac River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. I grew up along the Pacific Ocean, in La Jolla, California and have painted as long as I can remember.
I feel the most free when I paint outdoors in natural light. I am stimulated by the discovery of both new and familiar landscapes. Beaches, cities, mountains, farms, rivers, deserts, docks offer endless inspiration!
When I paint I connect with changing light, the color of the landscape, and movement. I focus on abstract shapes and forms creating a whole. The fluidity and flexibility of oil paint is well-suited to my creative process. I work wet into wet, or all prima. Color, light, composition, and paint handling are key elements in my paintings and tools for my expression.
Since I began exhibiting and competing as a full-time professional in 2008, I have received numerous honors, awards, and professional accolades. I continuously sell my work in multiple galleries and events. Thus, my work is found in private and public collections in the United States and abroad.
I am Signature Member in the American Society of Marine Artists and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
A fellow in the American Artists Professional League, New York, NY, other membership includes the American Impressionist Society and California Art Club.
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My Love of Art
I was influenced by the art of my mom who painted the California landscape and encouraged my interest in art by setting up my toddler easel outdoors, enrolling me in art classes, giving me personal instruction, and purchasing art supplies for me. I developed a love for books early and spent hours pouring over the “Art for Children” books by Ernest Lloyd Raboff, especially Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee.
As my own children were growing up, I taught part-time at their school, heading up the Art Summer Camp and Extended Day Art Program.
I am currently taking advantage of the opportunities in my area to earn a Certificate in World Art from the Smithsonian Associate Program in Washington, DC.
Visit to the Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France.