Through my art, I strive to communicate the expressions of life and engage the imagination of the viewer. The subject matter I enjoy rendering includes landscapes, still life, florals and pets. Using mostly colored pencil and graphite, I create art in the style of realism.
Many of my earlier pieces were rendered in oil and inspired by the summers I spent in the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Regions of New York State. The religious and holiday pieces are rooted in my faith and imagination. The work of two of my favorite master artists, Jan Vermeer and William Bouguereau, led me to reproduce two of their works - "Girl with The Pearl Earring" and "Story Book" respectively. But usually, I never know what may inspire me next - a country farm, colorful sunset, an old barn, a gnarly tree or delicate flower. And each journey to depict them is exciting and fun!
As a young girl, I realized I was artistic and loved to draw. After graduating from the University of Rochester, I enjoyed a career in human services while managing to keep my hand in art occasionally. Then, while staying home to raise my family, I was able to develop my artistic skills through a combination of classes, mentoring from regional artists and self-teaching. Subsequently, I participated in shows (solo and group), won several awards and began self-publishing to make prints of my work available. Today, I enjoy being able to devote full time to my art career. I am delighted to accept commissions - pet portraits or other subjects. However, the majority of my time is spent presenting art instruction classes and workshops called "Expressions of Life" at retirement facilities, libraries, and senior centers in my area. It is indeed extremely rewarding and gratifying to help others experience the joy of art!
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