39 N. Walnut St., Ste 105, Penney Square, Milford, DE 19963 • 302-359-5534 • firstname.lastname@example.org
People say my paintings make them happy, which is very rewarding
for me as an artist and a personal goal. I paint in acrylic and in watercolor, often with pen and ink, both en plein air and in the studio, on paper and in watercolor journals, from life and from photographs always working to achieve fluid line quality, layers of translucent color and strong compositions.
I am fascinated by the textures and colors of a world where doors, windows and peeling paint reveal the passage of time and human existence. My work is in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.
My passion is watercolor journaling and I love teaching it as well as doing it, whether I am away on vacation or in my own home. There is something magical about focusing on an interesting object or place and capturing that moment in a journal with your own words and images. I have taught all over the country, from New York City to Decatur, Illinois; Los Gatos, California, and Swanton, Vermont and all over the state of Delaware, including the Delaware Art Museum and Longwood Gardens.
Focusing on art and travel, my husband Bob, a photographer, and I lived simply in Italy for two years, a subject I never tire of painting. The philosophy of our lives is to “live cheap and make art.” Since moving to Milford in 2007, I have been inspired by the aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore and the lovely rustiness of old cities and explored working in pastels and oils on canvas.
I studied fine art and graphic design at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and at workshops in Arizona and Delaware and I worked for over 20 years as a graphic designer before moving to Italy. I maintain a studio in the Studios Upstairs, in historic downtown Milford, DE, at 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105, Penney Square.
I am a member of the Mispillion and Rehoboth Art Leagues, Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, Urban Sketchers and Sketchers Delaware.
I took my first photographs from the open door of a helicopter in
Vietnam in the 1960s and I’ve been hooked on photography ever since.
I endeavor to record a moment that communicates the purpose of an event or a detail that explains a place in a manner that is understandable. My intent is to hold the viewer’s attention long enough to create a question in their mind and answer that question in my own way.
I grew up in New York City, then moved to Arizona and worked as a firefighter for 25 years, attaining the rank of Captain while working towards my degree in fine arts from Arizona State University. During that time I was a freelance photographer doing commercial assignments and worked as an assistant to several well-respected Phoenix photographers, honing my craft.
After retirement I taught photography at Westwood High School in nearby Mesa, Arizona for five years. In the summer of 2003 I was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Grant for teachers and traveled to the Czech and Slovac Republics, focusing on photography & the arts.
In 2005, my wife Rosemary, a watercolorist, and I sold our home in Phoenix and moved to Italy to fulfill our dream – to “live cheap and make art” – where I amassed a photo library of well over 30,000 digital images during our two-year adventure. We now live in Milford, DE where I continue to seek out new subjects for my photographs. Each of my photographs is archival, museum quality, digitally printed by me on an Epson 2200 using archival inks and fine art, acid free papers.
I am a member of the Milton Arts Guild, Mispillion Art League and Coastal Camera Club. I am also a Member of the Board of Second Street Street Players, Milford, DE.
My work has received several awards and "Little Saint, Good Friday, Enna" was included in an exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum honoring Gordon Parks and my photographs were among a select group to be included in "Biggs Picture: Landscape Competition and Exhibition 2011 and 2012" at the Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE.