I started my painting careerwith oils and then charcoal but, for the last five years my passion has been pastels. I have
studied with local artists as well as at Holyoke
Community College, Holyoke Creative Arts and the Guild Art School.
I paint plein air as much as possible but with New England weather, I have to take it into the studio in the winter. Good weather finds me painting in my local hill towns.
Trips along the New England Coast from Maine to Rhode Island give dimension to my work as I experience the ocean and seashore. I have also been excited by the light and color of the southwest in my paintings as I took two trips to Arizona and New Mexico.
This year has found me drawn to painting more domestic and local wild animals and birds. It may be harder to paint them plein air because they don't hold as well as a landscape but with digital aid and some sketches I have fun trying to get their personality to translate onto paper.
My work has been exhibited at local galleries and libraries, and at the gallery at The Cooley Dickenson Hospital. I was juried into the Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance Show for the last two years and was an award winner in 2006. I was also juried into the Academic Artist Association National Exhibition at AIC in Springfield, Massachusetts for the 2006 and 2007 shows. I am a member of the Hilltown Artisan's Guild, the Hilltown Plein Air Painters and the Connecticut Pastel Society. The farm I live on in Westhampton is the inspiration for many of my paintings.