Inspirations: I was born in New Jersey, but brought to Florida as a young child, where I learned to enjoy the beauty of nature. After college where, I studied history and the old masters, I worked and traveled through out the world, finally settling back in Florida 20 years ago. My many trips to art museums, antique auctions and flea markets created a tremendous interest in art, honed my "art eye", and encouraged me to pick up the brush and pallet. I have developed many painting skills and techniques by studying at Creadle School of Art for three years.
I have always been fascinated by the techniques of the masters, and what makes a painting "good". An art expert once told me that looking at a "good painting" was like looking through a window, that you could almost "walk" into the picture yourself, and that the more you look at the painting, the better it gets. I have used these guiding principles in creating every painting I do. I want to make the viewer a part of the painting, and make sure it gets better every time it is viewed! I have been particularly inspired by the great French impressionist painters of the late 19th Century. The use of light and color to create shadows and the illusion of depth by such masters as Sisley, Monet and Pissarro has inspired me to see how I too could create a 3 dimensional image on a flat canvas.
Oil Painters of America, Member; ArtSpace 2000, Member
Three years of classes and workshops at Crealde School of Art.
Still Life work shops with Greg Kreutz and Brad Lorbach (2), Patrick McGrath
Juried Art Shows:
2007 Lake Mary/Heathrow Festival of the Arts
2008 Lake Eustis Fine Art Festival
2008 Orlando Art and Living Expo
2008 Leesburg Fine Art Fair
2008 Deland Outdoor Art Festival - selected for judging
2008 Celebration Spring Art Festival - Award of Merit
2008 Port Orange Artfest - selected for judging
2008 Maitland Rotary Art Festival, Maitland, Florida
2008 Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, Florida
2008 Sanibel Fine Art Festival
Upcoming Art Shows:
Jan 2009, Beax Art Festival, Coral Gables, Fl; Naples Invitational Art Festival, Naples, FL
Feb 2009, Boca Raton Art Museum Art Fest, Boca Raton, FL; St Stephens Art Festival , Coconut Grove, FL