As a child, I was always drawing and doodling with markers and colored pencils. I knew art would continue to be a part of my life, but never thought of it as a future career. Then in college, I fell passionately in love with oil painting, changed my major to Studio Art and planned to make painting my profession. But soon after graduation it was clear I needed to find a way to support myself. And so I put painting on the back burner to establish a career in marketing on Cape Cod and later, to devote time to my family.
A pastel class in 2002 was the stimulus I needed to renew my commitment to making art, but now with the pure pigment of pastels rather than oil paint. The passion was still there. I began to show and sell my work and became active in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, serving as corresponding secretary and publicist from 2010 to 2013.
Around 2014, I started adding other media to pastels – paint pens, oil pastels, ink and mica. At this time I also stopped working on landscape compositions and focused more on abstractions from nature – cropped, close-up sections of photos I took – compositions that could exist as paintings in their own right.
In the winter of 2018, I began experimenting with fluid acrylic pouring. I immediately loved the medium, the process and the beautiful, complex textures that I could not achieve with pastel. Some of these paintings are purely non-objective, but most continued to be inspired by the shapes and colors of Cape Cod, Maine and Utah landscapes, mostly oceans and rocks.
At this time, I am simply enjoying explorations in monotype printing, pastel, watercolor and ink pens. Rocks, abstracts, whatever I feel like creating. Visit my facebook and instagram pages to see new works.
B.A. Fine Art, Bates College 1980
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Summer 1980
Exhibitions & Shows
Cape Cod Art Center, A Delicate Balance, February 2019
- Award: Honorable mention, Mixed Media for "Utah"
Cape Cod Art Center, "The National" July 2018
Cotuit Center for The Arts, “Unsafe - Life After 911” April 2016
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, “Balancing Act” January 2016
Cape Cod Art Association, "Inspirations" February 2014
PPSCC "Painting New England in Pastel" The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA September 2013
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, "making waves" January-February 2013
Cape Cod Art Association, "Fall for the Arts" October 2012
- Award: First Place, Pastel for "Translucent Wave"
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, “For Pastels Only” October 2011
Cape Cod Art Association, "All Cape Cod", May 2011
Cape Cod Art Association, "All New England", September 2010
Cape Cod Art Association, "All Cape Cod 2010", May 2010
Cape Cod Art Association, “In Like A Lion” February 2010
Cape Cod Art Association, “All New England Exhibit” September 2009
- Award: Honorable Mention, Pastels for “Beautiful Day”
Falmouth Artists Guild, “Fall Juried Show-All Media” September 2008
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, “For Pastels Only” August 2008
Group and Solo Shows
Cape Cod Waters: Salty & Fresh, Woodruff's Art Center
Cape Cod: An Artist's View, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Winter 2019
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, "Piece by Piece", Cotuit Center for the Arts, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020
“Innerscapes”, Momo’s Food Emporium, April/May, 2015, Solo show
“Innerscapes”, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, March 4-15, 2015, Solo show
Barnstable Town Hall, "Shapes and Light" Fall 2011
"Shapes & Light", Nirvana, March 2011
Group show with digital artist, Barbara Braman
"Cape Lands", Momo's, October 2011, Solo show