Travel near and far introduced me to the joy of plein air painting. My imagination responded to the challenge to study light, color, and design in the landscape. I work in oil and gouache. My work is representational but expressionistic, seeking to capture the feeling of cityscapes and natural landscapes. I also like to paint people, animals, and objects, from life rather than from photographs. My plein-air experience includes a dozen years in classes with Walt Bartman plus more than twenty workshops with Walt in Maine, Big Sur, the Bahamas, Sicily, Prague and Budapest, Mallorca, Santorini (twice), Florence, Ireland, Mexico, Argentina, France, Cuba (twice) and the Italian Lakes, as well as Tilghman Island. I take advantage of local workshops by other Maryland artists and enjoy participating in a variety of plein-air paint-outs such as the Frederick County Barnstormers (annual), the Yellow Barn Green Paint-Out, and the Kensington Labor Day Art Show (annual). And I enjoy painting with other artist friends on our own trips to near and far places. Italy (anywhere), southern France, and Penobscot Bay, Maine are my favorite painting destinations.
I held solo exhibitions of my work at the Yellow Barn Gallery in 2006, 2008, and 2014 and participate frequently in Montgomery Art Association, Chevy Chase and Potomac Women’s Clubs, and Gaithersburg Fine Arts group shows. My paintings have been accepted in many juried shows sponsored by the Yellow Barn, the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, the Hill Center, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership and have won numerous awards, including first prizes and Best in Show in a number of shows. I have been a member of Gallery 209 at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, MD since its inception in 2017.