I love fast and loose — at least when it comes to paintings. I want my paintings to look as though they were whipped out in a flash of inspiration. The truth is I work thoughtfully — designing, reworking, and simplifying passages until I feel my work looks fresh. I prefer to work in the studio but occasionally get out and mix it up en plain air with those hardy souls who love to brave the elements.
My heart is with impressionism, but my background is classical. I learned from 20th masters at the Art Student's League of New York — Frank Mason, David Leffel, Robert Beverly Hale. My palette, after years of personal development, has evolved into lighter, brighter, and higher key.
Recognition has been steadily growing. "The Writer" was given full page coverage in International Artist magazine and won a major award in the Fifteenth national Oil Painters of America show. My work has also received awards in national competitions including The Artists magazine, Raymar Art, and BoldBrush. A recent proponent of plein air painting, I've been juried into Paint Annapolis for the last two years and was awarded Best of Show at last year's Solomons, Maryland plein air festival.
Way back I studied intellectual history at New York University and literature and art in Perugia, Italy. I spent a few decades at Johns Hopkins University designing and illustrating publications. Many of those illustrations are in manuals worldwide produced by the World Health Organization. Images and colors from my travels to Africa and Asia suffuse many of my paintings.
2012—July: Paint It! Ellicott City, juried artist
2012—June: Easels In Frederick, juried artist
2012—June: Paint Solomons, juried artist
2012—June: Paint Annapolis, juried artist — Third Place and Artist Choice awards
2012—May: Featured Artist, 28th Annual Fine Arts Fair, Oxford, MD
2012—April: Demonstration for Working Artists' Forum, Talbot County, MD
2011—November: American Impressionist Society Juried Exhibition
2011—October: Dueling Brushes award
2011—September: Paint Annapolis 2011 juried plein air competition
2011—July: Featured Artist in Daily Paintworks online paint gallery
2011—June: Icons of the West Invitational, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana
2011—June: Finalist BoldBrush competition for "Homestead Woman"
2011—May: Oxford Fine Arts Fair, Oxford, Maryland
2011—March: Annapolis—Maryland Hall for Creative Arts Auction
2010—December: Finalist, The Artists magazine portrait competition
2010—November: Finalist, Raymar Art Contest
2010—September: Paint Annapolis 2010 juried plein air competition
2010—August: Finalist in Fine Art Studio Online competition for "Women's Work"
2010—August: Plein Air award in Paint Ellicott City competition for "Tongue Row"
2010—August/September: International Artist publication Finalist for "The Writer"
2010—May: Best-of-Show in Solomons Paint-the-Town competition for "Gray Day Grasses"
2010—February, March, April, May, June, August, September: Top 15% FASO competition
2009—Roland Park Place, Baltimore, MD, Solo Show
2009—Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX—Juried Show, "Irish Times"
2008—Wilson Gallery, Catonsville, MD—Group Show
2008—Christensen Studio, Victor, ID—Group Show
2007—Oil Painters of America National Show, Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
2006—Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Show, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT.
2004—Grille Art Show, Baltimore, MD—Group Show
2003—Maryland Federation of Art, Miniature Show, Baltimore, MD—Juried Show
2001 through 2008—The Charcoal Club of Baltimore, Annual—Group Shows
2000—York Art Association, York, PA—Juried Show
1982—Annual Juried Exhibition held at Salmagundi Club, NYC—Juried Show