8" x 10" matted in white and framed in blonde wood
Watercolor is the first media that captured my heart as a painter. I love the freshness of color and the transparency which is so apt for capturing the light in the landscape. When I first started painting in watercolor in 1988, I was in the midst of a full time job teaching children. There was little time to paint, but there was no question, I had to do it. This has been an on-going dance for me all of my career, trying to balance teaching and painting.
I am essentially a representational painter, and my passion is to record the beautiful colors and the energy of the natural world. The Hudson Valley provides plenty of subject matter. I enjoy the most painting outdoors “en plein air”, but also do more detailed pieces in the studio in watercolor, acrylic or oils. I like the opportunity painting gives me to really slow down and observe the natural world closely. Learning about nature's wonders has always been fascinating to me, whether it be studying cloud colors, plants, or even tiny fungi. After my first Bachelors in Environmental & Forest Biology, I studied watercolor painting with Staats Fasoltd and later with Vermont artist George Lawrence, as well as Botanical illustration with instructors from the NY Botanical Gardens. I received a BFA in Painting and later a Masters of Science in Teaching from SUNY New Paltz.
I have exhibited my paintings widely over the last 30 years in local, regional, solo and juried shows and am represented by Maglyn's Dream and the Mohonk Mountain House gift shop in New Paltz, N.Y. I have been teaching watercolor, oil painting and mixed media classes for adults out of my studio and in the community for the last 10 years, and have had the great joy of inspiring many adults to discover themselves as artists. I no longer work in the public schools, but continue to teach art and environmental education programs to children through several local organizations.