In my recent works I use my collection of photographs taken locally and while traveling to inspire me. I oftentimes combine photographs to create a more interesting painting. My work reflects the elements that attract me to the scene, and its emotional impact.
I work in both pastels and watercolor. I enjoy the translucency, spontaneity and fluidity of watercolor. Using techniques such as glazing, masking and spattering I can achieve the desired effect. Working with pastels allows the layering of colors on top of colors. Both methods let me present different perspectives and feelings to the viewer.
I prefer strong contrasts of color and varying materials. It is especially appealing and visually interesting to paint beautiful soft flowers in conjunction with geometric windows or doors. Many of my pictures place the soft edges of natural objects against the rigid lines of architectural structures. This contrast accentuates the visually intriguing elements of each.
I am both an artist and a teacher. For thirty plus years I taught in the public schools. I have been an art teacher on Long Island, New York and in Glenview School District #34. Recently I have retired from teaching and I paint in my home studio.
2012, 2011: “12th and 13th Annual Realism Online International Art Exhibit”, Special Recognition
2011: “Art in the Barn Art Fair”, Best of Show, pastel
2010: June finalist in International online “Bold Brush” painting competition
2009: Illinois Watercolor Society, Award of Excellence
2008: “Evanston Lakeshore Art Fair”, Best of Show, watercolor
2008: “Glenview Art Fair”, Award of Merit
2008: “Illinois Watercolor Society”, Daniel Smith merchandise Award
2007: “Scholl Museum Exhibit”, Best of Show
2007: “Art Centre 2007”, Best of Show
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