I've been creating art all of my life and still haven't gotten tired of it! As long as I can remember, I've had a brush and pencil in my hand. About 15 years ago I started taking painting classes and fell in love with plein air painting. Landscapes are my subject of choice, anything from a historic little street scene to capturing a quiet moment by a lake. I love the challenge of painting outdoors, capturing the light and shadows. Plein air painting allows me the time to relax and create spontaneously. I paint in both watercolors and oils. I strive to paint my watercolors in a loose representational style with quality brushstrokes and wet into wet washes. My watercolor house portraits are a bit tighter with much more detail. My oil paintings are painted with both brush and palette knife. Focus on color is my main challenge these days.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Design and a minor in Art History, from the University of Maryland, College Park. I worked as a professional graphic designer for 20 years and have continued to do freelance work. As a graphic designer I worked at a variety of ad agencies and corporations designing and producing web sites, print and advertising campaigns and multimedia presentations.
The last 12 years I've been honing my skills as a professional artist, such as, art management, sales, installation, instructing, marketing and sometimes painting! I continue my art education by taking workshops with local and international artists in both watercolor and oils. I also go out plein air painting with several local art groups and friends on a regular basis.
Currently I am a member of the Vale Arts group, Past President of the Northern Virginia Artists League, juried member and on the Board of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists (www.potomacvalleywatercolorists.org) and a board member of the Loudoun Sketch Club.
I also participate in several local juried, group and solo shows, as well as, several plein air events
in the area.
I am currently teaching watercolor at the Great Falls Arts School, (www.greatfallsart.org) and several other local venues. Contact me about private lessons.
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"Turnip & Friends", watercolor, 22" x 15"
"868 Barns", watercolor, 22" x 15"
"Maggie", oil, 6" x 8", dog portrait commission