2018 “Best of Show” and 2017 "Frank Bette Award" in the Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out, Alameda, CA (Juried) for “Transitional Center” and “New Rich’s”
2018 “Best of Show” Los Gatos Art Association Members Juried Show for “Sunset on the Inner Harbor”
2017 and 2016 "Best of Show" North Tahoe Arts Plein Air Open for “Racked Up” and “West Shore Sports”
2017 "Grand Jury Winner" Plein Air Competition for Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
2017 and 2016 "Honorable Mention" Capitola Plein Air (Juried)
2016 "First Place" Los Gatos Art Association Member's show
2017 "Honorable Mention" Los Gatos Art Association Member's show
Named 2017 Signature Member of California Plein Air Painters
2016 "Featured Artist" at the historic Flying A in Truckee.
"I Dare You" High School Leadership Award, 1975, A proud moment.
Displaying and selling work in Gallery 24, Los Gatos
Member of California Art Club and California Plein Air Painters.
Juried into the Carmel Plein Air Festival 2018 and 2019, Juried into Los Gatos Plein Air, 2019, 3 years juried into Capitola Plein Air and 2 years juried into Frank Bette Plein Air in Alameda. Accepted into Greater Bay Area Open 2019, Invited to paint alongside masters in Brittany France, July, 2019.
Taught an intermediate oil landscape class in Lake Tahoe 2018, invited to speak at the August 2019 Member’s meeting of Los Gatos Art Association.
Attended the Plein Air Painters of America Master painting class in Cartersville, GA
Previous instruction from Ray Roberts, Matt Smith, Jill Carver, John Cosby, Randall Stauss, Scott Hamill, John Crump, Richard Robinson, Billyo O'Donnell.
Majored in Art at DePauw University with an emphasis on oil painting. Outstanding Senior (voted by Art Students) and Best of Show in Senior Art show.
Apprentice for two professional painters in New York City: Jack Beal (large figurative works) and Jane Freilicher (large studio and landscape works). Interned in Fischbach Art Gallery and Franklin Furnace Art Books
30-year career in high tech as corporate events planner, marketing communications, and newsletter editor and returned to painting in 2012.
I’m hooked on plein air painting. There is an immersion that happens by being in the scene- the light, the air, the sounds and the scene itself envelope me. It is immediate and I can intimately react to not just what I see, but what I know to be true. I’m not interested in panoramic scenes; I want to parcel it down to what portion of the scene speaks to the enormity of it. I look for the story of what makes this place unique, and so often it is about the light. Living in Northern California, sunlight is a big part of any scene I paint and is a fascination of mine. I'm also interested in subject matter that is in transition. Weather seasonal, or permanent changes caused by development, I feel compelled to record history in paint.
My goal in painting is not so much to reproduce exactly what’s before me but to paint what is the result of looking at it, and getting its essence. I’m absorbed in trying to capture the truth of a scene, and I try mightily not to impose myself and my style of painting on the scene. It’s an important issue to me; honoring a scene. I respect it’s totality, and I aim to paint only what is necessary to convey its essence.