My Story

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Although I paint from nature, there is a certain point when the painting becomes something other than a representation of what I see.  I use certain themes that are not only visual, but are also metaphors for life as I experience it.  
 
The colors I use are borrowed from the subjects I paint but are translated into impressions and explorations of light.  Some days the light is subdued and the shadows soft, while on others, the sunlight dancing on the leaves is crisp, clear and glowing.
 
The actual process of painting is tied more to viewpoint and inner vision than to technique.  I have to develop a sense of oneness with my subject that comes from being still, listening and observing.  Once I have an idea and begin to paint, the work takes on a life of it’s own.  It reflects my emotions, my observations and my experience as an artist.  

Lately there has been a sense of urgency in my work and I want to capture every moment.  I feel that we are losing touch with nature and maybe through my paintings, someone might begin to see how important it is to preserve this beautiful place we inhabit on planet earth.

 

Experience | Exhibitions | Education

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition, NYC
American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, NYC
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Annual Exhibition, NYC {Awards}
South Carolina Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, SC {Awards}
New England WC Society Invitational: “Masters of Watercolor” New Bedford Art Museum      
Academic Artists National Exhibition, MA {Award}
Allied Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC
Knickerbocker Artists Annual Exhibition, NYC
Salmagundi Juried Exhibition, NYC
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe National Exhibition, NYC
Hudson Valley Art Association National Exhibition, NY
89th Annual Open Watercolor Exhibition, NYC
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, PA {Award}
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor, NY  Travelling Ex.
American Artists Professional League Annual Exhibition, NYC
New England Watercolor Society North American Open, MA
10th Biennial Northeast Regional Exhibition, PA  {Award}
Contemporary Arts Center Mini-Major Works, LA
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 81st Exhibition, Slater Museum,
Springfield Art League National Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, CT
Fairfield University Festival of the Arts, CT {Award}
Art in Bloom, NC
Artscape, NC

INVITATONAL EXHIBITIONS:
New England Watercolor Society “Masters of Watercolor,” New Bedford Museum, MA
Art and Education Council of Chattanooga “Art.a.ma.jig” Tanner Hill Gallery, TN
Art and Education Council of Chattanooga “Passages” Create Here Gallery, TN
“Honoring the Earth” Blue Spiral Gallery, NC
“Wonders of Watercolor” Upstairs Gallery, NC
“Twenty Years: A celebration,” Louisiana State Archives, LA
Connecticut Commission on the Arts Featured Artist, CT
“Collection Connection” Nature Center Gallery, CT
“Visual Dialogues” Aleksander Galleries, FL
“Almost Miniatures” Francesca Anderson Fine Art, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Over twenty solo exhibitions, including Georgia Tech Gallery and Davidson College 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS:
Regional Artist Project Grant, NC
NPR Interview through University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society signature member
New England Watercolor Society signature member
South Carolina Watercolor Society signature member
American Artist Professional League signature member and Fellow
Oil Pastel Association signature member
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic signature member

PUBLICATIONS AND LISTINGS:
The Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publishing
Flowers in Watercolor, Rockport Publishing
“Steps to Painterly Acrylics” the Artists Magazine
Who’s Who in American Art
Who’s Who in the East
Floral Inspirations, Rockport Publishing

COLLECTIONS:
Pardee Cancer Center
Housatonic Museum of Art
Town of Westport CT Permanent Art Collection
Georgia Tech
Norwalk Community College
Fairfield University
Wachovia Bank
GTE
Abitibi Price Paper Company
J.D. Edwards
Zurich Reinsurance Company

REPRESENTATION:
Grovewood Gallery, NC
 The Gallery at Flat Rock  (NC)

TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE:
Printmaking….Tryon Painters and Sculptors, NC
Printmaking…..Hemlocks Studios, NC
Process and Possibilities…..Hemlocks Studios, NC
Acrylics with Attitude……Hemlocks Studios, NC
Acrylic Painting…..Presto Art and Frame, NC
Acrylic Painting…..Lincoln Cultural Center, NC
Acrylic Painting….Depot Art Gallery, NC
Watermedia…..Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CT
Watermedia…..New Canaan, CT

EDUCATION:
BFA Auburn University, AL
Post Graduate: University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL; Samford University, AL; Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, CT; Penland School, NC; Arrowmont, TN