Color, patterns, light and shadow captivate me. Like a magnetic force, I’m drawn to the simple beauty in common objects, the twinkle in a dog’s eye or the way a cool shadow streams across a front porch in the afternoon light.
I begin the journey with an innate curiosity and keen observation skills. With my black sketchbook in hand, like a detective, I quickly sketch in the rough outline. Jot a few notes down. And back to observing. Comparing. Editing. Discovering.
Whether its a drawing or painting the ultimate goal for me is to capture a moment in time with a mark of a pencil or the stroke of a brush. Striving to bring an element of energy, emotion and/or awareness, I hope that my artwork will bring the observer the same joy that I have had in creating it. The work I create with my hands is a reflection of the joy in my heart and thankfulness to God.
Currently I paint mostly in oil and acrylics but I like to explore with pastels, watercolor and charcoal. My subjects vary from coffee cups to florals, landscapes, seascapes, backyard pools to puppies, chickens and cows. Diversity keeps my perspective fresh and ideas flowing.
Exhibits and Awards
Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society - Juried Show - 2 pieces accepted - "Boats and Brews - Stony Creek Brewery" "In the Garden- Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme"
Best Landscape -"On the Corner of Colorful and Creative" Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 2017 Biennial Fine Art Juried Competition -
Honorable Mention-"Tomatoes on the Vine- Kitchen Prep" Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 2017 Biennial Fine Art Juried Competition
Best in Show - "Painters in Paradise" Cheshire Art League Annual Visual Arts Exhibition-
Honorable Mention " Summer Day in the City"- SOCCA Annual Arts Exhibition -
Second Prize "Beach Bound" - "Favorite Places" Exhibition - Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT -
Second Prize " Peacock Cascade"- Cheshire Art League Annual Visual Arts Exhibition -
Joined Branford Art Center as a Gallery Artist and Website designer/manager
Sept 2014 - May 2015 - Owned and ran A Fresh Perspective Art Studio Gallery in Cheshire, CT
2nd prize "Cabernet and Baguette" -Cheshire Art League 23rd Visual Art Exhibit, Cheshire, CT
July 2014- Sept 2014 Summer Show Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art
May 2014- July 2014 Prelude to Summer Show, Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester, CT
March -May Spring Show, Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT
Jan -March Winter Show Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, Ct
Sept 2014 - May 2015 Owned and ran A Fresh Perspective Art Studio and Gallery in Cheshire, CT
Salon Show, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT
Golden Thread Gallery, Opening Show and Auction, West Hartford, CT
May - July Prelude to Summer Show 2013 Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art, Chester. Ct
July-Sept Summer Show 2013 Maple and Main Gallery
Sept- Nov Fall Show 2013 Maple and Main Gallery
Nov-Jan 2014 Holiday Show Maple and Main Gallery, Chester, CT
May Solo Show- Main Street Cafe, Cheshire, CT
Gallery Artist at Arts Desire, Torrington, CT
Pink Show, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT
CT Watercolor Society Annual Show - West Hartford Art League, West Hartford,,Ct
Members Show, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT
Artsplace, Torrington, CT - "12 x 12" Show
Connecticut Watercolor Society Annual Show - John Slye House, New Haven, CT
Spring Student Show, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Fall Student Show , Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Sanctuary Painting "Waiting" based on
Luke 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered, "May it be to me as you have said."
for St. Marks Luteran Church Glastonbury, CT
Sanctuary Painting "A Savior is Born" based on
Luke 2:19 " But Mary treasured up all the things and pondered them in her heart"
for St. Marks Luteran Church, Glastonbury, CT
Sanctuary Painting " The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me" Isaiah 61:1 for St. Marks Lutheran Church, Glastonbury, CT
Sanctuary Painting "I am the Vine and You are the Branches" John 15:5 for St. Marks Lutheran Church, Glastonbury, CT
Syracuse Unversity Student Art Show, Florence Italy
Western New England College. Student Art Show, Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA