• I like to visit original, world class masterpieces
• I like to make my own
• I like to live as beautifully as I can and help others do that too
• I like to travel (especially to Italy)
• I like to be with my family since they’re all wonderful people
• I like good coffee and 90% cocoa chocolate
• I like to read, write, and garden
• I like good folks
Drawing and painting have been a lifetime pursuit. As a child I was fascinated by my mother’s art books. As a nine year old, I pored over “English Dreamers”, a book on Pre-Raphaelite works, as well as a guide to the National Gallery of London. I was especially drawn to paintings by Titian and John Everett Millais. By the time I was a teenager, I was teaching private and public watercolor classes to young people and adults and began selling paintings.
At twenty I began oil painting. I also began to paint from life and read all I could about old painting methods. As a young professional, I wanted more depth and gravity in my work and decided to seek formal studio education. When I was in my early thirties, my young family and I moved to Italy so that I could study in Florence. I completed the drawing program at The Angel Academy and attended lectures and short classes at the Florence Academy of Art and Charles Cecil’s Studio.
Painting is as much of a sensual as an intellectual experience for me. From a young age, I was drawn to old paintings and the names and smells of the mediums, pigments and paints. I enjoy the challenge of capturing an interpretation of something poetic and sincere in my subjects. I am constantly pushed by the desire to paint “better” which is defined by my own instinct and taste. I am vitally aware of how much I need and depend on the earth and other people and painting forces me to live in the moment. Whether it be a still life, figure or landscape, I treat each like a portrait; searching for what makes it unique. I am happiest when those truest qualities of the subject are realized in a piece giving it a life of its own.