Shifting water patterns and rising transient clouds reflect nature’s energy in my oil paintings. The views are familiar, but the subtext is the underlying Chi, the sweeping momentum of energy. The earth “breathes” in and out with compositions of uplifting shapes. Skies resonate with pulsing waves of clouds and lofty patterns produce a rhythm of color. These original oil paintings on canvas celebrate the vibration of the planet.
Practicing Ai Chi (Tai Chi in a pool) creates a state of Mindfulness. I enjoy kayaking, gardening, birding and motorcycling during which I form visions for compositions.
I was born in Manhattan and moved to the NYC suburbs when two. Armonk, NY provided lots of opportunities to play in wild forests, ice skate on large lakes, visit NYC Museums often, and to attend the annual summer outdoor Art Show. I loved the annual Girl Scout camp weeks in upstate New York.
I graduated from Hope College in Michigan, and studied at the University of Cincinnati, the Vermont Studio School and The Art Students League of New York. My paintings have won numerous awards and are in private and corporate collections including Delta Airlines, Fidelity Investments, General Electric, Toledo Botanical Garden, Aetna Insurance and Pepsico.
I live and work in the Bayou St. John neighborhood of New Orleans where I enjoy plein air painting in City Park and the luminous skies over the Bayou.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words. Shifting. Breathing. Resonating.
Describe yourself in one word. Positivity.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? Walking along Bayou St. John and seeing the reflections of clouds in the water is very inspiring to me. I love walking through all the parks and being mesmerized by the swaying Spanish Moss hanging from live oaks. The many tropical birds everywhere make me smile.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I often work from photographs I have taken. As I start to sketch the composition I make sure there is a strong "backbone" to the image. A sweeping, breathing combination of strokes.
Where do you draw inspiration? Cloudspotting.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? The British painter J.M.W. Turner. I have traveled the world to view his paintings. Anselm Kieffer's sweeping landscapes make me swoon.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Kermit Ruffins "Good Morning New Orleans" always makes me smile and Lil' Queenie's "My Darlin' New Orleans" always makes me dance!
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Birdwatching & swimming.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Twilight always makes me restless, but the light is amazing.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I'm a great sheetrocker!
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.