“We can ask no greater joy than to go gently through this place that has been given to us, and make something out of it. Not necessarily to fully understand it, for that might be an impossible task, but to honor it in our own way.” Robert Genn, Canadian Painter and author of The Painters Keys
Despite a lifetime of moving around the United States as part of a military family, I have always regarded the coastal areas of Maryland and Virginia as home, and that is where I have lived for the past 25 years. In July 2004. my husband, Carl, and I became the owners of the South Street Art Gallery (www.southstreetartgallery.com) in Easton, Maryland where I have a studio on the second floor of the gallery. My love of the Chesapeake Bay area is evident in many of my landscapes and I enjoy painting en plein air as often as possible. Starting my artistic career as a portrait painter, I still enjoy painting occasional portraits.
However, in 1997 I began combining my interest in the figure with that of the landscape, resulting in a series of figurative beach paintings that has gained recognition and acceptance in galleries coast to coast. Recently I have been concentrating on “contemporary life”, concentrating on bistro and kitchen scenes. As a co-founder of the Easton Studio & School (www.eastonstudioandschool.com) in July 2009, I now teach weekly classes and several weekend workshops a year.
I am a member of the almost 100 year old Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters,and the Salmagundi Club in NYC. In 2004, I was one of the primary organizers of the first annual Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival. www.pleinair-easton.com. and served as the Competition Chairperson in 2005 and 2006.