Artist’s Statement & Bio

 

 

Welcome to my website, and thank you for your interest!

I am a third generation painter following after my mother and grandmother.  Having no academic art training, I learned from them growing up and initially began by sketching animals and the human figure. As an adult having a compelling connection with nature, my passion has become the landscape.  I paint with oils, on canvas, and on panel boards, frequently painting with only palette knives.

 

Many of my landscape paintings are inspired by the alluring charm of pastoral Virginia and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, where I live; as well as the rugged beauty of my native New England where I return frequently. I also travel to other parts of the country and bring photographs and studies back to my home studio to complete if they cannot be finished on the road. 

 

Although I hold a B.S. in Public Service & Community Studies from the University of Massachusetts, after retiring from the University of Virginia, I returned to painting and studied with artists from the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. My style is continually changing and developing as I seek to evoke the beauty, emotion, or whimsy I feel regarding my subjects.

 

I live in Charlottesville, Virginia with my husband, Jim, and our two Newfoundland dogs. We enjoy our dogs, traveling, RVing, hiking, and of course, painting!  Jim makes the beautiful handcrafted, solid wood floater frames that come with my artwork.





MEMBERSHIPS/GALLERY AFFILIATIONS:

 
Shenandoah Valley Art Center, 2020 - present

Blue Ridge Art Guild, 2015-2018

Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association, 2013-2014

 

ON-GOING EXHIBITS: 

 
Shenandoah Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

Grace Estate Winery, Crozet, VA, 2017-present.

 

PAST EXHIBITS:  2013-2019

 

City Space, Charlottesville, VA, Nov. 2019

Yellow Cardinal Studio Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, June 2019

Grace Estate Winery, Crozet, VA, Nov-Dec, 2016

Grace Estate Winery, Crozet, VA, Jun, 2016

Fellini's #9, Charlottesville, VA, Jan, 2015

King Family Vineyard, Crozet, VA, Mar-Apr, 2015

Fellini's #9, Charlottesville, VA, Jun, 2015

The Art Box, Crozet, VA, Aug, 2015

Java Java, Charlottesville, VA, Oct, 2015

Fellini's #9, Charlottesville, VA, Dec, 2014

Sunset Farm Studio, Crozet, VA, Nov, 2014

Spring Street Boutique, Charlottesville, VA, Jun-Jul, 2014

Speak!, Charlottesville, VA, Jul-Aug, 2013