Over the years, I have dabbled in several mediums, but have always come back to oils. I like the buttery consistency and its versatility. With oil I can get smooth, blended colors or rich, thick texture. Originally, I used brushes but now primarily paint with a palette knife. I love the easy clean up and the fresh, unmuddied look I get. My passion is to paint in plein air (painting outside) landscapes. There is nothing like capturing the mood of a day, whether it is cloudy, sunny, windy, or threatening rain. I love the challenge of developing the contrasting images in the rapidly changing light. It forces me to work fast and loose, which keeps my work fresh. I also enjoy using the small plein air pieces to create larger more complicated paintings.
I am a member of the Northern California Arts (NCA), through which I have earned Master Artist status. I regularly enter juried art shows and have won several awards. My most recent awards and honors include acceptance into several prestigious exhibitions including California Art Club’s, Spring Awakenings, Amador Flower Farm Plein Air and Point Lobos and Beyond, 2019 Magnum Opus and the Santa Cruz Art League’s 86th Annual California Statewide Land and Sea Exhibit . My painting, Yolo Summer II, won the Past Presidents Award at NCA’s 2016 Bold Expressions Open Show. Artist Larry Cannon honored me with the Frank Bette Award at the Alameda Plein Air Festival. My work has regularly been accepted in both the Crocker Museum and KVIE annual auctions. I participated in Plein Air Festivals in Alameda, Winters, Los Gatos, CA and Victor, CO. I regularly participate in Yolo/Ag Paintouts and donate to their annual art auction. Images of my work appear in Capturing Radiant Light & Color in Oils and Pastels, by Susan Sarback and Finding Your Visual Voice, by Dakota Mitchell with Lee Haroun. Both were published in 2007 by North Light Books. I regularly teach classes to both adults and children in the Sacramento Area.
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