Artist Statement/Bio

I have made a journey of art throughout my life. As a child in Massachusetts, I painted with watercolor and colored pencil.  I developed light filled gouache works while traveling through Mexico and the Southwest as a young adult. I have painted genre themes based on life situations of people I have known.  While living in Vermont, I used palettes of color inspired by the woods and mountains. I have painted the blues of the sea and the gray green wetness of the rocks in coastal Maine.

Throughout the years, I have been using watercolor in a non- traditional manner.  I have recently begun to work with both watercolor and acrylics to produce more richness and variety in surface textures.  I rely on my environment for inspiration. Depending on what I first perceive visually, I begin to construct a painting based on a color relationship, or an interaction of shapes, or the interplay of textures.

My work has grown from traditional, to realist, to my own contemporary style with roots in Modernism.  It has been a gratifying journey...and I am happy to continue to explore and create with paint.

 

                                                                                                           

 

Background

 

I attended Massachusetts College of Art, Boston University, Maine College of Art, Portland, and University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Two of my most influential private teachers, early on, were Betty Lou Schlemm in Rockport MA, and Carlton Plummer of Boothbay Maine.
 
Gallery affiliations and exhibitions have included:                     

Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine
Flatiron Gallery, Portland, Maine
Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, Maine
University Gallery, UMass Lowell, Lowell MA
Studioworks Gallery, Raymond, Maine
Redfield Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine
Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT
Elements Gallery, Rockport, Maine
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, Maine
Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Rockport, Maine
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine
Parker Gallery, Lowell, MA
Southern Vermont Center for the Arts, Manchester, VT
Burns Fine Art, New York, NY

 

Corporate Collections include:

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Hollis Communications, Toronto, ON

Richardson Whitman Large & Badger, Portland, Maine
Coffee By Design, Portland, Maine
Citibank, Chicago, IL
The Foundation, Charlestown, NH

 

Private Collections: 

My work is part of private collections throughout the United States, the UK, and Canada.