My work is marked by a limited color palette and an expressive narrative. I paint about intimacy of personal stories, my own and those collected, relating to the value of life and honoring those who have died. My subject matter is rather widespread and eclectic, but it all most often reflects on ideas of home, identity, and compassion. I am constantly thinking about where and how do each of us fit in. As individuals, as humans, as living beings and members of this planet.
Lately I have been painting animal portraits. This is a project very close to my heart. I lost my black lab who was really my best friend, to cancer. I spent the previous ten or so years drawing and painting her as she sat patiently (or not so patiently) with me in my studio, or on the couch, or wherever we would be with paper and paint readily available. Nowadays I find inspiration in painting rescued animals. All of these animals were helped, saved, and cared for by my friend, Jill Gianfransico, an animal activist in Putnam County, New York.
My current series of pet portraits can be seen locally at The Blue Ridge Animal Hospital in Bedford, VA 24523 and they are all for sale.
I also accept portrait commissions of your rescued and beloved pets.
I have exhibited in Virginia and New York in group, solo, judged, and juried exhibitions. I have experienced the poignancy of running an artist's co-op gallery. I am a member of a fledgling artisan network, The Bedford County Artisan Trail. I am also a current member of the exhibition committee for the Bower Center of the Arts, in Bedford, VA. I work out my own second story studio with treehouse views and a small murder of crows for company. Every year in August, I have an Open Studio Tour. It's a lot of art, food, and fun. Sign up for an invite.