I LOVE COLOR! Color can move you, thrill you, calm you, warm you and make you feel life is worth living. COLOR IS THE ENERGY WHICH RADIATES IN THE PAINTING.
Living in Florida I enjoy my exciting colorful tropical environment. Water scenes are my favorite relaxation.as seen in the ponds and koi fish paintings which evoke quiet moods. My adventures encompass walking the ocean beaches, natural areas, woods and ponds or stalking a certain blue heron! Of course, I spend time painting outdoors, in the studio or doing art-related business.
I love to travel and see wonderful unique scenes which inspire many of my paintings. Love of mysteries and curiosity to explore use of various art media enable me to share my mind images. I take a light hearted approach and believe one should smile and enjoy art in your own way.
Painting in series format allows me to more fully explore my chosen subject. All my paintings are original one of a kind contemporary paintings I've enjoyed painting from observation or from my own photography sources. I'm always thinking about what the next series will be.
The "PONDS" and "KOI FISH" oil painting series offers a fresh approach to water landscapes blending Impressionist and realistic techniques. These original contemporary landscape oil paintings employ strong vibrant color and line to explore nature images through light, shadow and color relationships.
"POTTERY WITH A VIEW" speaks of the interaction of pottery art, flowering plants and the natural desert environment and shares my fascination with the beautiful desert, high desert and mountain scenery of the American Southwest. These original contemporary acrylic paintings utilize native pottery and flora of the desert regions as well as various mountains, desert and high desert areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.
"CURIOUS BIRDS" feature those interesting wading birds who seem to be really interested in those strange humans. My lively color drenched paintings combine realistic and abstract painting. These original contemporary acrylic paintings are lively and interesting and it's fun to enjoy each bird's quirky personalilty.
"JUST POTS" celebrates pottery in colorful paint with texture and embellishments of shiny pigments and natural minerals. Some feature flowers and plants - just for fun! These original contemporary acrylic paintings are vividly colorful and brighten up any room.
My "VILLAGES" acrylic painting series depicts European lifestyle and architecture. In these paintings I add a whimsical folk art twist to my contemporary realistic painting style to simplify the architectural elements of the homes, stores and markets. Colorist techniques of bright color interaction portray the spirit of these wonderful places. These intimate sized original contemporary acrylic paintings bring colorful excitement in a large or small grouping - or alone in those small spaces in hallways, baths, or kitchens, Perfect for anywhere in your home, office or store.
"WONDERFUL WATERCOLORS" express my love for the fluidity of watercolor. With watercolor being a completely fluid process the artist always has the mystery element of not being able to completely control the outcome. Beautiful fish, birds and tropical environments add colorful beauty to your life through these original contemporary watercolors. Bring color into your life and enjoy it every day!
"ABSTRACTS" explore abstract and semi-abstract themes which allow the viewers to have their own experiences tell the story.
B.A. Studio Arts - University of Illinois Major: Studio Arts - Painting
Master Classes - Northern Illinois University (toward my MFA)
Post Graduate: Art Institute of Chicago; University of Wisconsin
Workshops: Joe Fettingus; Zoltan Szabo; Ann Templeton; Lou Taylor;
Lian Zhen; Charles Gruppe; Lynn Ferris, Gerald Brommer , Mike Bailey
Jacksonville Watercolor Society; Florida Watercolor Society; Transparent Watercolor Society; Oil Painters of America,; National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society; Women Painters of the Southeast; St. Augustine Art Association; Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra; and International Society of Acrylic Artists - Florida
This website has a sampling of my paintings. If you wish to see others please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.