My passion to paint began at the early age of 5.  Brushes, canvas, and paint given to me by my late grandmother and Bob Ross’s humorous and joyful instruction through the rabbit ear television.  Creativity flourished as I encountered a rare bone disease in my leg that kept me from school and activities during my childhood, yet provided the quiet solstice and focus to feed my artistic mind.  Age 9 I had my first solo exhibit at a local library. After numerous brakes, surgeries, stitches, I was mended up, healed, and hit the ground running. Now I hike up mountains, kayak to islands, and drive in my convertible to painting destinations to capture the beauty of this world that never ceases to take my breath away. How blessed I have been to experience a life on the coast of Florida, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Painting excursions to the Hudson River, at Frederic Church’s Olana Estate, rolling hills of Vermont, coastline of Maine and Cape Cod, down South to the Appalachian Trail, Emerald Coast of Florida all the way to the beaches of Aruba. I am a 4th generation Frank Vincent DuMond student thanks to a group of 3rd generation painters that took me under their wing in New Hampshire. Utilizing that palette and some of my personal “tweaks” to create depth, distant landscapes and a subtle yet defining light effect are my strong points and passion. Now back in North Carolina, I am exercising my experience and eye en plein air  and in the studio to capture the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I strive to learn and seek inspiration from the great masters of the past. I have a respect for their commitment to excellence and attention to detail. Within every painting, I desire to capture a pristine moment in time, as the great masters did, so that the viewer can experience the same beauty of a location that captured me as I stood in awe and led me to paint it. I prefer to paint “en plein air” so that I can experience the beauty of my subject first hand. I feel an excitement when it has taken some effort to get to the subject. The seclusion gives me the ability to digest my surroundings and experience the landscape more intimately. My greatest days are when I can pack a lunch, take a hike, paddle my kayak, and find a place to be still and paint. I love to be surrounded by the flurry of activity that nature provides. I listen intently to the shared communication between wildlife, feel the warmth of the sun, how the soft breeze felt on my skin, see how the sun danced on the water and illuminated the trees.  I hope to capture and record all these things from that day in the painting I am creating. Often, I search for a natural light effect to spotlight an element of my subject so that it draws the viewer’s attention into the depths of the painting. I continually strive to create distance and dimension in my paintings and I find that everyday I learn something new. God has blessed me with the desire to capture the beauty He has created and I must continue to paint so that I am fulfilling God's will for my life.

 

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