MY PAINTING DEFINED
Exploring beauty is an overall conscious theme in my paintings. I strive to present beauty to the viewer of my work when I paint, particularly when I observe nature and all of its little secrets. Painting is a means to get to know a subject in an intimate way and present it to those who view the work. Will this alter, enhance, or expand their perception of a particular subject? Perhaps, and maybe it will create a different impression of a familiar scene or create a new perspicacity altogether.
The two dimensional aspect of a painting challenges one to live within the picture plane’s tight boundaries and make it feel immense, alive and free. The process of painting provides great joy for me in every step; designing the canvas, deconstructing the scene, then putting it all together with buttery paint, harmonious colors, shapes, and captured light to create a realism not constrained by reality.
The word eclectic defines me in all aspects of my life, which spills over into my paintings. If you view samples of my work, you will see that I have explored numerous subjects and ideas. I paint both in the studio and en plein air, which is the French term for painting in the open air. Although many artists think that plein air painting is the most challenging type of painting, I believe that plein air painting keeps an artist honest and provides valuable lessons for developing one’s skills.
HOW DID I GET HERE
I started college as a fine art major with the intent to become a painter but financial reality led me on the path to a nursing career, which ultimately led me to become a family nurse practitioner. However, I continued to pursue art throughout my medical career, including academic training in painting/drawing and studio practice.
My art is most influenced by the early California impressionists, such as William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Franz A. Bischoff, and Joseph Kleitsch. I also have a deep appreciation for Caravaggio, William Merritt Chase, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Hopper, and Vincent Van Gogh. I also study the work of contemporary landscape and plein air painters, with some of my favorites being Marcia Burtt, Jeff Yeomans, Gregory Hull, and others. A visit to the Irvine Museum in Orange County is highly recommended.
I was raised in Pennsylvania but moved to California in 1981. I live in Cardiff by the Sea, a beach community in north county San Diego. I am inspired by the ocean, lagoon, open skies and clouds which makes my coastal residence just the right place to be. I can often be found in the water with my husband, swimming, body surfing, and using my underwater camera. Possibilities for painting are endless!
San Diego County Fair-First Place Plein Air 2017
San Diego County Fair-Fourth Place Small Image 2017
Fallbrook Art Association Plein Air Competition 2017-Honorable Mention
Carlsbad Library and Cultural Arts Juried Leo Carillo Ranch Exhibit-Juror’s Choice Third Place Award, August 2016
Carlsbad Library and Cultural Arts Juried Leo Carillo Ranch Exhibit- People’s Choice Award-August 2016