I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love art. Many of my best childhood memories revolve around art projects - either school projects…my own…or assignments my dad was always coming up with for me to do. When I became an elementary teacher there were plenty of outlets for creativity, but it wasn’t until I retired in 2012 that I began to explore painting. I figured I’d try watercolor first because it would be easier and cheaper than oils (both incorrect assumptions!).
I’m having a fantastic time exploring all types of subject matter, but I’m drawn to portraits and figurative work. I'd taken some art classes in college and some classes at our local art association. I've also had the privilege of working with portrait artist, Ted Nuttall, and of attending sessions with Charles Reid. Both of these artists have had a huge influence on me. I’m also fortunate to count many amazing local artists among my friends. They keep me constantly inspired and challenged to grow as an artist.
My portrait paintings are my real love - it's hard to explain the excitement of trying to connect with the essence of a person through their expression…their pose…their placement in the composition. When I feel my relationship to my subject matter begin to click in the early stages of a painting, it’s like the beginning of a friendship - it begins to evolve and take on a life of its own. (Of course - there are times when it just doesn’t work out, either!)
I feel very grateful, now that I’m retired, to have the time to pursue my passion for art. Thanks for letting me share my journey with you!
Exhibitions and Awards
Best of Show, 2018 Mechanicsburg Art Center Juried Show
Friends of PA Watercolor Society Award, 39th Annual International Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show.
Juried Artist, 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition (Baltimore Watercolor Society)
Honorable Mention, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2017 Member Show
Juried Artist, 38th Annual International Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show.
Award, 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition (Baltimore Watercolor Society)
1st Place, 2017 (Watercolor category) Figuratively Speaking Show - Harrisburg Art Association
Award of Merit, Hanover Arts Guild 2016 - 2nd Annual Open Show
Juried Artist, 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition ( Baltimore Watercolor Society )
Juried Artist, 2016 Pennsylvania Art of the State Show
1st Place Who's That Girl (or Guy?: All Portrait Show - Art Center School And Galleries, Mechanicsburg, PA (Awards were selected by guests who voted for their favorite entries)
3rd Place Juried Award and 2nd Place Viewer's Choice Award (2 different pieces): Artist Appreciation Exhibit, 2nd Floor Gallery, Mechanicsburg, PA
Award of Merit, Hanover Arts Guild 2015 1st Annual Open Show
Juried Artist, 9th Annual Keystone National: Juried Works on Paper at The Art Center School and Galleries
Juried Artist, 36th Annual International Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show.
Viewer's Choice Award, 26th Annual International Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show.
The Art Center of Mechanicsburg Annual Members Show 2013 First Place Award
The Art Center of Mechanicsburg Annual Members Show 2013 Third Place Award
Member Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Society
Member PA Watercolor Society - Signature Status
Member Baltimore Watercolor Society
Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council Board of Directors
PA Watercolor Society Board of Directors