Artist Statement

I am often accused of painting with a big smile on my face. To that I must answer, "Guilty!"  

Painting fills me with pure joy, and I hope to portray that in my subjects -- whether I am painting a landscape en plein air or a bouquet of flowers in my studio.  I love capturing the color and sense of light of a particular time and place.

 Receiving an award from juror, John Murphy, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, March 2017.

Receiving an award from juror, John Murphy, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, March 2017.

I majored in Fine Art and Art History but spent my career as a sales and marketing executive in technology companies. It was exciting and allowed me to travel the world, but left little time to paint. For many years, I was a 'Saturday' painter with an occasional workshop or painting vacation with other artists.

Now, I am able to paint full-time while living on beautiful Cape Cod.  Surrounded by the sea and sparkling sand, the light here is magical.  There is also a wonderful tradition of art here, which continues today.

I have been influenced primarily by the European and American Impressionists for their sense of light and shadow; by the bold colors of Gauguin; by the bold and masterful brushstrokes of Sargent, Sorolla and the Cape Ann masters, and by the strong forms of Cezanne.

I admire so many artists, past and present, and have studied and painted with many wonderful artists.  But I have been most influenced by my mentor, David P. Curtis, of Gloucester, MA.  His knowledge, wit, generosity, encouragement, talent and friendship have inspired me beyond words!

 Painting in Sconset, Nantucket.  I could paint here forever!

Painting in Sconset, Nantucket.  I could paint here forever!

 

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