I was born to an artistic Massachusetts family. I started drawing and painting very early. My home was filled with beautiful paintings done by my great grandmother. She traveled to the White Mountains in New Hampshire in the 1890"s to paint"en plein air". I was inspired by these paintings and encouraged by my family. I always knew I wanted to be an artist.
I recieved a National Scholastic Art Scholarship in high school to go to the art school of my choice.I dreamed of becoming an illustrator and choose Vesper George School of Art in Boston.
One of my teachers was Robert Douglas Hunter. He noticed my talent and encouraged me to
move from commercial art to fine art.I transferred to the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts and majored in painting.
In my early twenties I had an urge to travel and headed west. I was struck by the awesome beauty of the Rocky Mountains.I settled in the historic mining town of Ward, Colorado, surronded by National Forest and near the Indian Peaks Wilderness area .Hiking, backpacking, and living in a small town suited me . I am still here today.
After many years of working with pastels, I felt like holding a brush again.I decided to get serious about oils and signed up for workshops with the best teachers and painters I could find. I studied with Kim English, Skip Whitcomb, Kang Cho,Greg Kreutz, George Strickland, Carolyn Anderson and Kevin Weckbach.I can't begin to describe how great it is to spend time with teachers so willing to share their knowledge and experience.
I enjoy painting just about anything - landscapes, interiors, buildings and figures, but my greatest love is plein air painting. The weather ,the light, and the land all become part of me.Heading out into nature,looking around and being inspired by a beautiful composition and translating that to my canvas right then and there is always exciting to me.
I still love to travel to New England, Florida and the mountains and deserts of the Southwest. You can often find me happily painting on the side of a road, in some grubby alleyway, or off on some trail past the "no trespassing" sign.
2013 Artist Choice Award, Best Body of Work, Plein Air for the Park National Show, Jackson Wyoming
2012 Windows to the Divine, "Altitude and Attitude" Award of Merit, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO.
2011 Southwest Art Magazine, Third Place Award, Boulder County Parks and Openspace Plein Air Exhibit
2011 Award of Merit, Colors Of Colorado Show, Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs ,CO.
2011 Plein Air Artsts Colorado, National Show, Third Place Award , Saks Gallery, Denver, CO.
2011 Southwest Art Magazine, Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, National Show, Pagosa Springs CO.
2009 Awarded Honorable Mention, Wyoming Plein Air Event, Cheyenne, Wyoming
2009 First Place, Associate Members Plein Air Artists Colorado,National Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO.
2007 Best Body of Works, Artist Choice, Rocky Mountain Plein Air painters National Show, Elkhorn Gallery, Winterpark, Co
2006 Best Body of Works, Artists’ Choice, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Signature Show, Wildhorse Gallery,Steamboat Springs, CO
2006 Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Elkhorn Gallery, Winter Park, CO
2006 & 2004 Best of Show, James Creek Art Show Jamestown, CO
2004 Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Estes Park, CO
2004 Award of Merit, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Show, Estes Park, CO
1990 First Place, Central City Arts Annual (pastels), Central City, Co
1990 Second Place, Art Zone, Denver,CO. (pastels)
1965 National Scholastic Arts Scholarship
October 2013 "The Joy of Being" Feature article, Southwest Art Magazine
February 2012, Ten Artists Depict the Landscape, Southwest Art Magazine
Decmber 2007, Artists to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine