The purpose of my painting is to share my vision of the world I observe. It is one that many of us see but rarely stop to experience. My hope is to express the whole of my experience of that moment in time with you. I strive to present that vision in much the same way as we would have a conversation. My work is an impression, intentionally incomplete to enable you to fill in the blanks. It is a process that can shift and change indefinitely with every viewing.
My daughter told me of a wonderful place to hike and walk not far from our home, and I was introduced to Stroud Preserve; over 500 acres of protected open space. It has become a sanctuary, a reconnection to the natural world that has always been the haven for my imagination, a place where I can think, the place where I feel most at home.
In a world turned upside down by a pandemic, divided by political turmoil, and racked with extreme weather and natural disasters, many of us have returned to nature as a remedy. Spending time under the open sky and among the trees is grounding and helps us live mindfully in each moment. I hope my work will inspire the same awareness and appreciation for our world and the natural beauty that surrounds us all.
It is that spirit of appreciation and gratitude that inspired me to partner with the Natural Lands Trust. I am donating 10% of the purchase price of all the work inspired by Stroud Preserve in support of their ongoing commitment to protecting open land for future generations.
For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in arts and crafts taking private art lessons from ten years old until I was in high school taking nearly all the available art classes.
Outside of school, I took extra classes at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on Saturdays. I went on to major in art at Millersville University where I graduated with a B.A. I took additional classes at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, mainly in print and web design. I get most of my inspiration from the outdoors such as a sunset, flowers, and other natural subjects. My current medium of choice is gouache or watercolor.