People say my paintings make them happy, which is very rewarding for me as an artist and a personal goal. I paint in acrylic and in watercolor, often with pen and ink, both en plein air and in the studio, on paper and in watercolor journals, from life and from photographs always working to achieve fluid line quality, layers of translucent color and strong compositions.
I am fascinated by the textures and colors of a world where doors, windows and peeling paint reveal the passage of time and human existence. My work is in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.
My passion is watercolor journaling and I love teaching it as well as doing it, whether I am away on vacation or in my own home. There is something magical about focusing on an interesting object or place and capturing that moment in a journal with your own words and images. I have taught all over the country, from New York City to Decatur, Illinois; Los Gatos, California, and Swanton, Vermont and all over the state of Delaware.
Focusing on art and travel, my husband Bob, a photographer, and I lived simply in Italy for two years, a subject I never tire of painting. The philosophy of our lives is to “live cheap and make art.” Since moving to Milford in 2007, I have been inspired by the aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore and the lovely rustiness of old cities and explored working in pastels and oils on canvas.
I studied fine art and graphic design at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and at workshops in Arizona and Delaware and I worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer before moving to Italy. I maintain a studio in the Studios Upstairs, in historic downtown Milford, DE, at 4 Park Avenue.
I am a member of the Mispillion and Rehoboth Art Leagues and the Delaware Watercolor Society and paint regularly with the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic throughout the state of Delaware. I participated in last year’s Plein Air Coastal Delaware, receiving an honorable mention for one of my paintings, and in Plein Air Brandywine.