Spending my formative years in the Vermont landscape has deeply influenced my painting. I am moved by the visual poetry in the trees and fields that surround me and look to capture and celebrate that with artwork. I explore this landscape every day seeking and always finding great inspiration.
My formal art training was from Montserrat College of Art where I received a B.F.A in illustration.
My current focus is The Bumblebee Series, for which I received a 2013 creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council to help produce.
I have been “painting” with charcoal as my primary medium for the last three years. I love the way charcoal and water react and mix on a hard surface, usually clayboard or gesso on board, which is how the painting begins. The charcoal is then scratched and lifted off with tools and erasers to get the fine detail and is sealed with an archival poly-crylic coating to protect it in the end. Much of my creative process involves standing back to observe how charcoal interacts with water which for some reason I find quite entertaining.
Studio Place Arts, Barre VT:
“Birds Eye View” juried group show, 2008
“Refuge” juried group show, 2011
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville VT:
“Trees,” juried group show 2011: asked to speak at the artists roundtable.
“Land and Light, Water and Air,” included in juried group show 2012: first honorable mention award.
- SEABA Center 2011 Art Hop: included in the juried show
- SEABA Center 2012 Art Hop: Artwork voted into juried show, awarded second place in competition.
Lamoille County Courthouse: June 29 - August 30, 2013. Show of landscapes.
River Arts, Morrisville VT “The Dynamic Vermont Landscape” December 2011- January 2012
The Berrie Center for Visual Arts at Ramapo College, New Jersey January 6 - March 30, 2013
- 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