I paint traditional subjects with a contemporary aesthetic. The intersection of land, water, and sky inspires my work, as do the “scapes” of domestic life—gardens, porches, and domestic spots that take the viewer “home.” I recently returned to Virginia after nearly eight years in southern Louisiana. I recently returned to Virginia after nearly eight years in southern Louisiana where I enjoyed exploring the farms and back roads, coastlines and waterways by painting them, captivated by the ways the landscape was different from and similar to Virginia.
I work primarily in oils because of way they capture the brilliance of color and light but occasionally explore with soft pastels, gouache, and acrylics. I prefer painting from life whether parking my easel off the road, in my studio, or on the porch. As I work, I’m constantly seeking the story behind the scene: What part of the story do I want to tell? Does the scene connect with my story? Will viewers find their own story in my painting?
Selected Judged and Juried Exhibits
2021 Magic of the Ordinary, national juried exhibit, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
2020 Art Flow, Baton Rouge, LA
2014 – 2020 Eye of the Beholder, Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA
2015 – 2019 The Big Easel, Lafayette, LA
2016 – 2018 Shadows on the Teche National Plein Air Competition, New Iberia, LA
2017 Brush with Burden, Baton Rouge, LA