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. There are so many beautiful places to paint in the area I live. I am stimulated by the discovery of both new and familiar landscapes. When I get the opportunity, I take trips to paint. 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 of oil paint is well-suited to my personality. I enjoy applying it thickly, moving it around as a form of my expression.
Since I began exhibiting and competing as a full-time professional in 2008, I have received more than 60 honors and awards. My work is found in private and public collections in the United States, France, and England.
My membership includes the American Impressionist Society and California Art Club. I have been elected Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. I am juried into the Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. I am an Artist Member of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and a Fellow in the American Artists Professional League, New York, NY.
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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.