Being born and raised in the natural Vermont landscape has deeply influenced my painting. I am continually inspired by the land while exploring at home or during my travels and look to capture and celebrate that with my artwork. My formal art training is from Montserrat College of Art where I studied illustration.
My black and white paintings are created with a combination of charcoal and watercolor. I am interested in the way they react and mix on different surfaces and I am always experimenting with the process. I use brushes to lay on the different medium wet or dry and apply them separately or mixed together in a paste. The charcoal/watercolor is then scratched or lifted off with tools, erasers, or wet brushes to get the fine detail and in the end are sealed with an archival poly-crylic coating for protection. When necessary I will also use acrylic, casein, or pastel for different effects.
I mostly use my own photos for reference in my paintings. That they often look like black and white photographs is not intentional but arises out of my adherence to the photographic image in the creative process.
West Branch Gallery - Stowe, VT Our World: Charcoals and Casein, October 9, 2015-February 15, 2016
The Berrie Center for Visual Arts at Ramapo College - New Jersey; January 6-March 30, 2013
River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Bumblebee Series July 11-September 2, 2013
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: The Bumblebee Series September 17-November 2, 2013
River Arts, Morrisville VT: The Dynamic Vermont Landscape November 17, 2011-January 12, 2012
West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT: Landscape Traditions March 22-October 31, 2014.
Lamoille County Courthouse: June 29 - August 30, 2013
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Land and Light, Water and Air - 2012 included in juried group show, awarded first honorable mention
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT: Trees juried group show - 2011: asked to speak at the artists roundtable
SEABA Center, Art Hop-2012: Artwork voted into juried show, awarded second place in competition
SEABA Center, Art Hop-2011: included in the juried show
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: “Refuge” juried group show, 2011
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT: “Birds Eye View” juried group show, 2008
- FIRST PLACE in category - “Other Media”: Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape, & Architecture 2012; national juried competition
for charcoal painting “Acadian Mist.”
- FIRST HONORABLE MENTION: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Land and Light, Water and Air 2012; juried competition for casein
painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain.”
- SECOND PLACE: Group juried show at SEABA Center Burlington, VT for casein painting “Old Birch on Elmore Mountain."