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About Me

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.



Affiliations:

  • Signature Member, AFC - Artists For Conservation
  • Signature Member, WAOW  - Women Artists of the West 
  • International Guild of Realism - IGOR
  • Cowgirl Artists of America

​Representation:

  • 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

Selected Exhibitions:

Current:                

 2024  18th Annual International Juried IGOR

Exhibitions at Brennen Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ

2023-2024  Artists for Conservation Exhibit & Festival, Virtual Online Exhibit Vancouver, BC, Canada  September 21, 2023 - August 31, 2024

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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