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 oils, colored pencil and graphite, I create art in the style of realism.
Many of my pieces were inspired by the summers I spent in the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Regions of New York State. Faith and imagination were the inspiration for the religious and holiday pieces. The works of two of my favorite master artists, Jan Vermeer and William Bouguereau, provided the inspiration for my two reproductions of their work. But usually I never know what may inspire me next - a country farm, colorful sunset, an old barn or delicate flower.
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, studying under several regional artists. Subsequently, I participated in shows (solo and group), winning 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. Particularly I enjoy presenting art instruction classes called "Expressions of Life" at retirement facilities, libraries, and senior centers in my area.
I try to capture that special "something" within each piece I create. It is my hope that my work brings a feeling of peace and enjoyment within the viewer.
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