Color, contrast, shape, subject, place, and time motivate and evoke painting for me with nature as a source. The challenge of painting in watercolor makes it my favorite medium. Pastel, however, offers a soft, ethereal quality unmatched by any other medium. In combination, watercolor and pastel can enhance each other. In application, each impassions my life and focuses my being.
Gallery Affiliations: Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. Gallery Underground, Arlington, Virginia.
Awards: 2016 Award of Excellence, Virginia Watercolor Society. Honorable Mention for "Half Shells," Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Honorable Mention for "Swamp Cypress," October 2014, "Art Aesthetic," Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA. Potomac Valley Watercolorist Award, 2009 Student Show, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Blue and red ribbons, Arlington County Fair, Arlington, VA.
Art Education: Art League School, Alexandria and Arlington County, VA. Classes: watercolor instructors: Marge Alderson, Ted Betts, Gwen Bragg, Rachel Collins, Susan Heron, Peter Ulrich, Steve Fleming, Jean Gill, Jackie Saunders, Deborah Ellis. Peggy Fisher. Watercolor workshops: Dale Laitinen, Frank Eber, Ken Goldman, Gwen Bragg, Carolyn Gawarecki, Sterling Edwards, Linda Kemp, Marni Maree, Tricia DeWeese, and Mary Phelan. Pastel instructors: Jane M. Coonce; Lisa Semerad, Nancy Freeman, Lynn Goldstein, and Ruth Davis.
Art Memberships: Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Art League, Alexandria, VA.; Gallery Underground and Arlington Artists Alliance; Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA., Springfield Art Guild, and Virginia Watercolor Society.