I am a plein air landscape painter. When in nature the energy flows through me and I feel connected, grounded, balanced, focused… at home. It isn’t a still scene, everything is alive~ There is movement in the grasses, clouds move over and shield the sun, the sky turns from yellow to light blue to rich blue to pink and purple throughout the day. Water laps and bubbles and flows and crashes while leaves clap and rustle. Everything is constantly interacting with everything else as the light moves and shadows spread across the ground.
My journey as a painter is to use the energy I feel and transfer it though my painting medium. A drippy underpainting under broad patches of color and streaming light, scribbles of reflections, twigs and grasses and winking wildflowers. To convey my emotion and vision of the landscape in fleeting and peripheral glimpses. The experience can be almost meditative. I’ve at times finished a painting and felt like I’ve emerged from another state, as if the painting painted itself~ It's an experience filled with emotion, observation, awareness, vision, scents, and sounds...
It's a constantly evolving process of learning to see more and differently and of the tactile joys of using my hands to draw and paint.
While viewing my online gallery, click each thumbnail to enlarge the image and read the title, size, availability... this is also where you will see any supplemental images that have been uploaded. These supplemental images include photos of the setup/scene and often the painting in progress~ when I remember to stop and take photos as I'm painting!
My painting process begins with a very loose sketch to plan the composition followed by
an underpainting to block in masses of shapes. Many of my paintings are done en plein air. I love the challenge of finding plein air locations and of painting outdoors. I believe that plein air paintings have a special spontaneity, character and beauty to them.
Associates in Art/Advertising Design, The Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Coursework at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Colorado
Studied with widely known artists including Bob Rohm, Richard McKinley, Skip Whitcomb, Jane Christie, Stan Sperlak, Tony Allain and Dave Santillanes.
Best Oil Painting, "Trading Post", 2017 35th Annual Western Spirit Show, Cheyenne, WY, team of judges. Chosen finalist from exhibit of 70 oil paintings.
Honorable Mention, "Looking Up!", 2016 PSC Member Show, Judge Bruce Gomez
Honorable Mention, "Afternoon Light", 2016 PSC Small Works Show, Judge Mike Beeman
Higbee Gallery, 6" Squared (7th Annual: 2016)
CAE Member's Show (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Colorado En Plein Air, Center for the Arts Evergreen (Jan-Feb 2015)
EAA Member's Show at the Main Street Gallery (2012, 2014)
EAA "Water" Show at the Main Street Gallery (2014)
EAA Colorado Open at the Main Street Gallery (2014, 2015)
EAA Spring Show at Bit Factory (2016)
Evergreen Open Door Studios Tour (2009-2017)
GTMD Colorado Plein Air Show, Denver Public Library (2014, 2015)
Jeffco In Plein Site Event and Show (2016)
Mile High International Pastel Exhibition (2013)
PAAC 18th Annual Show at Abend Gallery (2014)
PAAC 19th Annual Show at Mary Williams Fine Art (2015)
PAAC 20th Annual Show at Mary Williams Fine Art (2016)
Pastel Society of Colorado Miniatures Show (May 2015)
Pastel Society of Colorado Small Works Show (Nov 2016)
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Show (2013, 2014)
Plein Air Salon (4th Annual: Aug/Sept, 5th Annual: Dec/Jan and Feb/March)
UART 2016 Online Show (2016)
Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY (2014, 2016, 2017- Awarded "Best Oil")
"Landscapes Envisioned" Exhibit at Sol Shine, Boulder St, Denver (March 2017)
Pastel Society of Colorado Signature Members Show at Lakewood Cultural Center (Oct/Nov 2015)
Pastel Society of Colorado Members Show at RMCAD (Jan 2016- Awarded Honorable Mention)
Pastel Society of Colorado Online Show (2016)
Purple Raven Artists Holiday Show, Bit Factory (December 2016)
Purple Raven Artists Spring Show, Evergreen, CO (May 2017)
Purple Raven Artists Fall Show, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO (August 2017)
"Landscapes Envisioned" at Sol Shine, Denver Hi-Lo (March 2017)
2 Artist Show: Art Design & Dine at the Nagle Warren Mansion in Cheyenne, WY (Nov 2013)
3 Artist Show: Solid Grounds in Littleton, CO (Feb 2014)
PSC Member Show (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Inspired Art (2012-2013)
Steele Foundation Art Bash (6 years)
A Call to Art: Art for the Mountain Community (2013-2016)
CAE 120 for $120 (2010-2017)
Evergreen National Bank Quarterly Show (2010-2017)
Solo Show titled "Nature in Bloom" at the Humphrey Museum, Evergreen, CO (June 2014)
Summer Art Market, Denver, CO (June 2014)
Alliance Artists of Evergreen/"Eclectic Harmony" at the Lakewood Cultural Center (Jan-March 2015)
Alliance Artists of Evergreen/Pop-Up Gallery, Evergreen, CO (2014-2015)
Honors and Publicity
Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain Academy Evergreen, CO (2009)
Published in SW Art Magazine Preview Show Editorial 2014 and 2015, artwork selected to represent Open Door Studios Tour (September issues)
Published in SW Art Magazine, October 2015, Selected for editorial in the Women In Art section