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Artist's Statement:

The act of painting outside and experiencing nature first hand is an integral part of my work. I am energized by the dynamic beauty of nature and through painting en plein air, I strengthen my connection to a specific place. In 2017, I moved back to Virginia after living and painting in the US Virgin Islands for nine years. Living in the tropics influenced my artwork in many ways and now I am even more obsessed with color!  Natural beauty has always been important to my artwork and my life. Here in the Northern Neck, I am once again surrounded by inspiring landscape which is my favorite subject. Whether painting outdoors or in my studio, I strive to create a sense of place in my art. I want the viewer to “see and feel" what I do in my subjects. My paintings here capture the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and rural lifestyle. My work featuring the USVI is closely linked to my experiences with the breath-taking scenery and the culture of the Islands.


I also create whimsical sculptures and installation pieces often incorporating recycled materials. 


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Master of Fine Arts, Painting, George Washington University, 2004

Bachelor of Fine Arts,  James Madison University, Summa Cum Laude, 1983

The Art League School, Alexandria, VA, Figure Drawing, Anatomy, Landscape Oil Painting

Northern Virginia Community College, Illustration courses


Mango Tango Gallery: "Natural Beauty" Solo Show, St Thomas, USVI -January 2023  

Norfolk Botanical Garden: "Natural Colors" Solo Show - October/November 2021

Reedville Fishermen's Museum: "Beauty by the Bay" Solo Show - Summer 2021

Crossroads Art Center: exhibiting artist,  Richmond, VA - July 2022 to present

RAL Art Center Gallery, exhibiting co-op artist, Kilmarnock VA, 2017 - present

d’Art Gallery: "Scapes"-August 2023,  "Flourish"-May 2023, “Unconventional”  October 2019,  Norfolk, VA 

Westminster-Canterbury, Retrospective Solo Show - March 2019 

Bay School Community Arts Center: Artist of the Month - October 2022 and March 2021 and multiple group shows

Gloucester Arts on Main and Bay School Community Arts Center, “The Summer of Color: Flora and Fauna” group show - 2021

Cultural Arts Center of Glenn Allen: "Landscape Escapes" and " Standing with Ukraine" Group Shows, Richmond, VA - 2023

Artspace: "Radius250", Richmond, VA - March/April 2019 

Art Speaks Juried Exhibition, Bay School Arts Center - 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2023

Gloucester Arts Festival Juried Show, Arts on Main - June 1018

Tappahannock Artist Guild: Summer Show, Tappahannock, VA  - 2022

 Morning Glory Gallery: 3-person show, Gloucester, VA,  - October 2018

Baho El Sol: "Island is a World" St John, USVI - January 2017

Stewart Gallery: Multiple Group Shows,  Gloucester, VA

Caribbean Colour - Life in Yellow, St Thomas, USVI - May 2016

Caribbean Colour - Dream in Green, St Thomas, USVI - March 2015

Defend Paradise! - Pop Up Gallery, St Thomas, USVI - October 2014

Caribbean Colour - Seeing Red, St Thomas, USVI -  May 2014

Caribbean Colour - 2 Blue 4 U, St Thomas, USVI - 2013

Caribbean Colour - A Celebration of Color, St Thomas, USVI - 2012

Caribbean Colour - The Feminine Mystique, St Thomas, USVI -  June 2011

Caribbean Colour - A Smile is Beautiful in Every Color, USVI - March 2011

Rappahannock Art League: Annual Labor Day Exhibitions

Arts Alive:  "Out of Time," 2011 and "Outside the Looking Glass," USVI - 2010

Colorful Corner, St John, USVI - 2010-2011

Pershing Park Gazebo Gallery:  "Urban Streams" Solo Show, Washington, DC - 2007

George Mason University: "Urban Streams and Goat Skulls" Solo Show, Arlington, VA - April/May 2005 

Views of Huntley Meadows, Solo Show, Huntley Meadows Park - 2005 

Anonymous Returns , Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran - 2004

Hand Picked , Museum of Modern Arf, Arlington, VA - 2004

Art-O-Matic: Solo Artwork Installations, Washington , DC - 2008, 2007, 2004 and 2002 

Dimmock Gallery:  "A Sense of Place" MFA Thesis Show, The George Washington University - April 2004

Rock Creek Gallery , Washington , DC, four person show - 2000

Dimmock Gallery, Juried Student Shows, spring and fall - 2001-03 

Hang-Ups Gallery:  Solo Shows, Kilmarnock , VA , - 1997-98

RAL: "Artists of the Chesapeake" Juried Exhibition - 1999 

Northumberland Library: RAL Two Person Show - 1998

The Fairfax Art League: Juried Fall Show - 1999

Springfield Art Guild: Juried Shows - 1995-96, 1998

Adlers Art and Frame: SAG Artist of the Month, Springfield, VA - December 1997

The Art League: Juried Landscape Shows, Alexandria , VA  - 1997-98 

Central Branch Arlington Library: Solo Shows - 1986-87



Scapes, August 2023, d’Art Gallery - Third place (614 entries)

Small Works, RAL Art Center, July 2023 - Third Place)

Flourish, May 2023, d’Art Gallery - Honorable Mention

All Media Show, Crossroads Art Center, Sept 2023, -Third Place

Flora and Fauna April 2022 Exhibition at RAL Art Center - First Place Summer Show, Tappahannock Artists Guild - Award of Merit

Art in Transit Show, 2021 - First Place & design on Bay Transit Bus

RAL Labor Day Show 2021 - Marge Alderson Memorial Award for

            Best Interpretation of Landscape 

RAL Labor Day Show 2019 - Viewers Choice Best in Show 

Art Speaks Exhibition 2018, Bay School of the Arts -Student’s Choice 

RAL Labor Day Show 2018 - Viewers Choice Best in Show & 2nd 2D

RAL Labor Day Show 2017 -Jane Stouffer Memorial Award                        

Caribbean Colour Shows:  "Life in Yellow" 2016 - Second Place in 3D, _-"Dream in Green" in 2015 - Viewer's Choice Award  Best in Show

"Too Blue 4 U" in 2013 - Viewer's Choice Award  Best in Show

 "A Celebration  of Color" 2012 - Viewers Award  Best in Show

39th Labor Day Exhibition, RAL, 2002 - Best in Show

The Art League, Student-Faculty Show - Equal Merit Award 

Spotlight on the Arts - Poster design competition winner 

Spotlight on the Arts, Fairfax Art League - Second Place

Excellence in Illustration Award from NVCC

Sigma Phi Lambda (Academic Honors Fraternity), JMU 1983

Mango Tango Gallery Shows:

Full time representation at Mango Tango 2010 to present

"Natural Beauty" Solo Show, St Thomas, USVI -January 2023  

"Art by the Square Foot" - 2021 and 2022

Two-person Show - April 2019

"Beautiful on the Edges" Solo Show - March 2017

VI Art Divas - January 2016 and February 2015

Holiday Art and Gift Show - October 2014, November 2015

January Art Jamboree, group show, January 2014

Stellar Art, two person show, December 2013

St Thomas - St John Art Jamboree, group show, January 2012

Sleepytime, group show, Yacht Haven Grande, December 2010



Painting One - 2003/2004 at The George Washington University

Hosting Open Studio Night weekly at the RAL Art Center since 2017

Acrylic Painting Workshops - RAL, Kilmarnock, VA, 2016 to Present

Private Art Lessons 2017- Present

School of Visual Arts and Careers - Watercolor and Acrylic Painting,            2016/2017, St Thomas, USVI



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