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Art has always been my passion but not until about 8 yrs ago did I start to show my work publicly. Since then I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful and supportive people, either artists themselves, patrons, or simply people who love and appreciate art. And I am in turn appreciative of them. I am a proud member of Lancaster County Art Association and a member of its Board of Directors. It is an honor to serve and be a part of so many talented people.  Although my main focus has been landscape in the medium of pastels, I also work in oils and do portraits and figurative work.  My interest in painting people centers around people involved in creative activities like music and dance. Currently I am at work on a series of paintings inspired by  actors, dancers and musicians who perform at the Rennaisance Faire in Mount Hope, Pa.  All my work is based on first hand experience and I work exclusively from my own references of on-site studies, sketches and photographs. I finish in the studio and embellish where I think I need to , push color and arrange the composition to suit my own sense of balance and harmony.  I work from a desire to recreate the essence of a moment in nature often centered around the quality of light at the time, giving suggestion to detail rather than an accurate description.  I would say Impressionism best describes my work.

 I have no formal art education. I am  self-taught  and over the years I have studied the work of many artists of varying styles and genres of art  through books, instructional videos and workshops. Two contemporary artists whose influence contributed much to my current work with pastels are Richard McKinley and Albert Handell. 


                                                         Shows and Awards

September 25,2011, Honorable Mention Award for Spring Meadow, Lancaster County Art Association 75th Anniversary Exhibit.

August 30, 2011,  Judges Award for  Field and Stream, Lititz Outdoor Art Show, Lititz,Pa.

December 2010, Peoples Choice Award for Best Framed Print, Holiday Show, LCAA, Strasburg, Pa. 

October 31, 2010  First Place award  Fakes and Forgeries  category, Night Gallery Show,   Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg,Pa.    

Sept. 25,2010  First Place Award at Landis Woods Art Show, Neffsville, Pa. 

 June 4 - July 25, 2010  48th  Annual Community Art Exhibit , Lancaster Museum of Art,135 North Lime St. Lancaster, Pa.                    

May 2 - June 3, 2010 Lancaster County Art ASsociation Spring Membership Show.

November 22  2009 thru January 7 2010, Membership show Winter Wonderland, Lancaster County Art Association, 149 Precision Ave, Strasburg, Pa. 

September 4 thru 26, 2009 ,Featured artist of the month at Chestnut House, Lancaster,Pa.

September 20 thru October 22, 2009 Fall Membership Show, Lancaster County Art Association, 1 Entry, Duet

July 25, 2009 Lititz Outdoor Art Show, Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, pa.

 May 2009 Featured Artist of the Month at Homestead Village, Marrieta, Pa.

 March 29 through April 30, 2009 Lancaster County Art  Association - The GardenShow- 1 entry, Summer Tunes. 

 July 26,2008, Lititz ,Pa Outdoor Art Show, First Place Award for pastels  for the painting, Daybreak. 

 January 2008 Lancaster County Art Association - What's Cooking, theme show, Honorable Mention for the painting Market Day.

  March thru April 2008  -  Featured Artist  at The Brickhouse Cafe in Mannheim, Pa.  

  February  2008 Garden Show at LCAA Kauffman Gallery, Honorable Mention Award for the painting, Woodland Beauty. 

 November 18 ,2007 - January  5,-2008, LCAA Steinmetz Gallery , solo show - Meeting the Path.

 February 2007 LCAA Wild Things Exhibit, Honorable Mention Award for Dance of the Gypsies.   

 December 2006 LCAA Holiday Show , Honorable Mention Award for Ashley's Christmas.  

 May 7 to June 5, 2006 Spring Membership Show at LCAA, First Place Award for A  Quiet Place          

 April 2005 , theme show at Lancaster County Art Association, Honorable Mention Award for the painting  Bluegrass Fiddler.     


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   Future Events 2011

      October 14,  Artist Reception Birdsboro Community Art ShowBty Art Show, October 15 -17

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      November 29, Pastel Demonstration at the Village Art Association in Lititz 




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