PO Box 246
Marshville, NC 28103
Born: 1957 (New York)
Lived/Active: Florida/North Carolina
Known for: Landscape, Seascape, Wildlife, Birds
Style(s): Plein Air, Luminist, American Impressionist, contemporary realism
Medium(s): Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
Price Information as of 08/29/2006:
price range $800 to $20,000
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Sacred Heart University; 1975-1977
University of Bridgeport; 1978-1980
John Seerey-Lester, private study, Venice, FL; 1987-1991
2012, Awarded Signature status, American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA)
2012, Second Place, Callaway Gardens Quick Draw Paint-out
2010, People's Choice Award, Arts on the Green Paint-Out, Cashiers, NC
2010, Artists' Choice Award, Arts on the Green, Cashiers, NC
2010, Judge's Honorable Mention, Arts on the Green, Cashiers, NC
2010, Merit Award, Paint out in Paradise, VAC, Venice, FL
2010, Award of Excellence, Paint the Town, SPRAA, St. Pete, FL
2009, Winner, Showcase your State, American Artist Magazine
2009, First Place, Paint the Town, SPRAA, St. Pete, FL
2009, Best in Show, Paint Out in Paradise, VAC, Venice, FL
2007, Peoples Choice, Small Works Show, Greenwich Workshop, Top 40
2007, Finalist, Raymar Art Competition
2007, Top 50, PaintAmerica, Mini Competition, Traveling exhibition
2006, First Place, Doug Helms Memorial Exhibition
2006, Award of Excellence, Alla Prima Gallery, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational
2006, Merit Award, Venice Art Center, Paint-Out in Paradise Plein Air Invitational
2005, Honorable Mention, Charlotte Art League, Spring into Art Exhibition
2005, Second Place, Germanton Gallery, Mountains to the Coast Plein Air Invitational
2005, Patron Purchase Award, Florida Wildlife Exposition
2005, Award of Excellence, Alla Prima Gallery, Paint the Town Plein Air Invitational
2004, Award of Distinction Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, Annual Florida Competition
2004, Merit Award, Charlotte Art League, Annual Fall into Art
2000, Best in Show, Autumn in Topsail Juried Festival
1995, Finalist, Artists Magazine Art Competition, Wildlife category
2004, Top 200, Arts for the Parks
2013, American Impressionists Society, National Exhibition
2011-2013, American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibit - Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Coos Art Museum, Coos BayOR, Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, Winona MN
2010, Impressions of New England, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2010, Between the Shining Seas, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, American Society of Marine Artists juried exhibition
2010, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Between the Shining Seas, ASMA juried exhibition
2009, Inaugural Exhibition, Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL
2009, Solo Exhibition "Artist's Journey - North to South" Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2008, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Salmagundi Club, NYC Annual Juried Show
2008, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD, 17th Annual Ntl Juried Show
2008, "The Naturalists World" group show, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007, Batte Center for the Arts, Wingate, NC, solo show, "Intimately Connected"
2007, WhistlePik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX, Oil Painters of America Ntl Juried Show
2007, Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT, "Small Works Show"
2007, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, gallery artist show, "Women in Art"
2007, Sheldon Fine Art, Naples, FL, four person show, "Visions of Nature"
2007, Germanton Gallery, featured artist, "Things with Wings"
2007, Coos Art Museum, Coos, OR, ASMA 14th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition
2007, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC, Ntl Juried Exhbition
2007, Alla Prima Fine Art, St.Petersburg, FL, two person show, "A Florida State of Mind"
2006, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "Things with Wings"
2006, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC, The Art Market at Honey Horn
2006, Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg, FL, "Paint the Town"
2006, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "North Carolina, From the Mountains to the Coast"
2006, Louise Morgan Edwards Memorial Library, Marshville, NC, solo exhibiton
2006, Paddiwack Gallery, Gainesville, FL, "Into the Blue" Group of Eight Exhibition
2005, Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC, annual miniature show
2005, Monroe Public Library, Monroe, NC, solo exhibition
2005, Nichols Fine Art, Taos, NM, American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2005, Germanton Gallery, Germanton, NC, "Southeast Invitational Miniatures"
2005, Ocala Chamber of Commerce, Group of Eight Exhibiton "Elements and Facades"
2004, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC, Annual Juried Exhibition
2004, Gallery Victoria, Naples, FL "Artescape Naples"
2004, Art League of Daytona Beach, Group of Eight Exhibiton "Images of the Loop"
2003, Geoffrey Smith Galleries, Stuart, FL, Invitational miniature show
2002, Castle Can Rates, Santa Suzanna, Spain, SPAA Four person exhibition
1997, Mangroves Gallery, Marco Island, FL, solo exhibiton
1996, Village Gallery, Sebring, FL, solo exhibition
1995, Collectors' Gallery, Venice, FL, solo exhibition
1994, Venice Little Theatre, Venice, FL, solo exhibiton
Southern Plein Air Artists (SPAA), 2002, founding member
Group of Eight, 2002, elected member
Plein Air Florida, 2002, professional member
American Impressionist Society, 2004, member
Oil Painters of America, 2003, associate
American Society of Marine Painters, 2002, signature member
2006, Decor Magazine, January Issue, Artist Profile
2004, Captiva Chronicle, From paintings to...
2003, Venice Gondolier Sun, Artists is for the birds...and nature
1999, Home & Condo Magazine, Colors of Nature
1997, Venice Gondolier, Living her dream
1996, Island Arts Magazine, Artists composes natural symphonies
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Davis-Moye and Associates, Atlanta, GA
Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston and Palmetto Bluff, SC
Objects & Images Gallery, Bronxville, NY
Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota, FL
Sheldon Fine Art, Naples, FL and Newport, RI
Birds of a Feather Publishing, Inc.
Greenwich Workshop, Fairfield, CT
"I approach a scene with the intention of not only recording the visual elements of it, but responding to the environment and capturing that moment in time. I believe the emotion of the landscape is distilled through the artist's experience, so it is often not a literal translation, but a filtered rendition of all five senses. I want the viewer to enjoy the peacefulness of a setting, or hear the excitement of crashing waves, smell the mud at low tide, or feel the cold wind through my art. I am searching for the truth in a scene, and when I find it and paint it, those senses and emotions all come through the brush and onto the canvas.
The love of the outdoors and birds has always been a part of my life. I remember as a child fishing with my Mom on opening day in the spring in Connecticut, the river gliding by with the song of the red-winged blackbirds. As I get older, I appreciate more than ever the beauty that surrounds us. I have painted many vistas, old buildings and boat shacks that are no longer there. Once wild, open spaces are now housing developments, and expansive marsh areas are now golf courses. I believe there will come a day when the only places we will be allowed a glimpse of true nature will be in the parks, preserves and conservancies that we set aside today.
I record what I see, and am passionate about the scenes I can immortalize on canvas. That is my work's importance."
Note: The artist's 39 acre residence in NC is slated to be left for future generations as a bird sanctuary and artists' retreat. Visit www.HighRidgeGardens.org for more information.