My love of painting was nurtured in the art museums of Washington, DC where I was born and raised. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, 2001) where I studied figurative painting and art education. After a long career teaching art in the Chicago Public Schools, I relocated to San Francisco in 2011. The foundation of my work is a commitment to observing the land. Its ups, downs, twists and turns tell the story of all its inhabitants and their struggle for balance.
Drawings and paintings begun on site reflect the influence of Turner, Whistler and Monet in a desire to directly capture the effects of atmosphere and light. Later in the studio, I adjust color and composition to reflect a more conceptual handling of space derived from intense study of the work of Cezanne, Diebenkorn and Hockney. Contemporary artists, Anne Gale, Stuart Shils, Alex Kanevsky and Eric Aho provide further guidance as the painting progresses.
The astonishing scope and scale of the Bay Area landscape continue to inform my work. I currently live and work in Sonoma County.
City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, exhibiting member, current
Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA June 2016
Arc Gallery "Impulse" Bay Area Juried Exhibition San Francisco January 2016
Asterisk Gallery San Francisco November 2015, November 2014
Mission Pie San Francisco October 1-26 2015
SMAART Gallery, Invited artist, San Francisco Open Studios and Gallery Exhibit October 1-25 2015
Art Explosion Open Studios, September 2015, March 2015, March 2016
A Woman's Eye Gallery San Francisco- Solo show August 2014
Bachelors of Fine Arts ; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001 dual concentration: Painting and Art Education
1993 - current - Art Educator, New Orleans Public Schools; Chicago Public Schools; Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck MI- Art on the Meadow Program; Miraloma Cooperative PreSchool, San Francisco; Young Rembrandts of San Francisco and Marin
Painting Fellow, Ox Bow School of Art, Saugatuck MI 2001,