I have been passionate about art for as long as I can remember.
After college, I taught art in public schools but soon felt the need to concentrate on my painting obsession. I began studying classical portraiture at the Art Students League in NYC with great artists that included Ray Kinstler, Burton Silverman and Harvey Dinnerstein.
This led me to Provincetown where I became a sketch artist. For 10 summers, I painted five or six portraits a day in pastel, seven days a week. This intense training greatly enhanced my painting and communication skills.
I moved to Provincetown in 1975 and became close friends with Henry Hensche. During the winters I watched him paint his beautiful north light still lifes while enjoying long discussions about art and painting. His was the greatest influence on my painting, which now combines my classical background with the color of the Impressionists.
After becoming director of the Cape Cod School of Art I expanded the color principles of my predecessors by developing specific lessons designed to make the learning process easier and more understandable. These exercises became the foundation of my two books,
I have been featured in many articles. They include The Artist’s Magazine, The Boston Globe, American Art Review and the New York Times. I was a cover artist twice for American Artist Magazine.
I was recently interviewed by Eric Rhoads for Plein Air Magazine and Kathryn Lloyd for The Master's Secrets. You can find links to these interviews on my "Articles' page.
I teach throughout the United States and Europe and have had many one-person exhibitions throughout New England. She has been included in many invitational exhibitions and painting events in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Carmel, CA, Sedona, and Hawaii.
15 years ago, I moved to a wonderful town, Green Valley, in Southern Arizona. It has gorgeous mountains and tons of walking trails. I had workshops here over the years and had many good friends and students which made the move easy and familiar. Green Valley is south of Tucson which has additional incredible parks and endless venues for painting.
The thrill and challenge of standing before nature with all of her variety and beauty, is a humbling reminder that I must ever be a student . Each painting can bring new answers to understanding light, revealing more of nature’s secrets. To be able to share this awe and elation in my work is my greatest pleasure.
Please take a look at my workshop schedule. I hope that we may meet and paint together someday soon.