I can’t remember a time in my life when I was not drawing or painting. But the conventional wisdom at the time was that one could not make a living in fine art, so I graduated from college with a BA in commercial art. After a successful 30+ year career as an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator, I’ve now returned to my first love for painting and drawing as a pastel artist, working in a representational style.
How light affects form and color and composition are the fundamentals I use to reflect the beauty and diversity found in nature and in people. I work primarily in my studio from my own sketches, reference photographs and field notes, although I’ve been known to occasionally paint in plein air!
I’m fortunate to live part-time on Cape Cod where the unique light, color and landscapes provide endless opportunities for inspiration and subject matter. Travel also has an influence on my art. Seeing and interpreting as an artist gives me fresh perspectives on the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met.
I continue my fine art education through classes and workshops with such noted pastel artists as Jacob Aguiar, Michelle Poirier Mozzone and others. I am a current member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (where I serve as Vice-President), the Eastham Painters Guild, the Creative Arts Center in Chatham MA, the Cape Cod Art Association, and the Provincetown Art Association (PAAM).
My work has been juried into national and international exhibitions, including the PPSCC National Juried Exhibits, the Pastel Society of North Carolina International Juried Exhibition, the Pastel Society of Maine Annual International Juried Exhibition, and the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, where I received the Jack Richeson & Co. Bronze Award in 2017 for my pastel “Over the Top.”