My enduring passion for animals and nature began as a child while living on my family's farm in Upstate New York. After living in Guam and other states in the U.S., I returned to upstate New York, where I currently reside.
When I started painting, initially I painted landscapes and seascapes. I transitioned to painting wildlife when I remembered the encouraging words of my mother who suggested that I would enjoy painting wildlife more, and in 1994 I completed my first wildlife painting. My choice of medium is oil paint because I love the creamy smooth texture of oil paint and the ease that colors blend together.
My painting style is Realism and it was through independent study that I learned techniques for rendering fur, feathers and other anatomical features of a variety of birds and wildlife. To ensure authenticity of my subjects I study each animal in their natural habitat and paint them within their specific environment. The most important aspects of my paintings that I want to convey are; direction, mood and a sensory communion with nature. In the majority of my artwork your eyes are directed to the eyes of my animal subjects whose focus seem to rest beyond the canvas and you are left to wonder, ""What has the animals attention?"" I establish mood in my compositions through color, and the manipulation light and shadow. I use a multiple layer technique to build the density of the animal's fur and very fine brush stokes to create bird's feathers, and animal whiskers. My painstakingly detailed renderings gives the viewer the sensation of being able to reach out and touch the fur of the animal, or feel the wetness of it's coat as it swims or hunts in a river.
Signature Member, AFC - Artists For Conservation
Signature Member, WAOW - Women Artists of the West
Associate Member, AWA - American Women Artists
International Guild of Realism - IGOR
Cowgirl Artists of America
Sugarman Peterson Gallery 130 W Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501
Heartwood Gift Barn, 8072 NY-12, Sherburne, NY
Harrington Gallery - Permanently Closed
Broad Street Gallery - Permanently Closed
2022-2023 Artists for Conservation Exhibit & Festival, Live Exhibit at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 22 - September 25, 2022 & then will continue on the AFC Tour 2022/2023
2023 17th Annual International Juried IGOR Exhibition at the Sugarman-Peterson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
June 2 - June 26, 2023
2023 53rd Annual National Juried WAOW Exhibition at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Newton, KS
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