My paintings are representational rather than literal. For me, that means a realistic, but stylized ideology of a scene that evokes the mood or emotion at a particular moment in time. I strive to interpret the inherent vitality of nature.
I create in soft pastels and oil paints.
I love the tactile application of pastels, and the mixing and blending with my fingers. I affords me an intimate involvement in the work with contributes the sentiment a viewer experiences. Pastes are applied to archival paper that has a grit to it, capturing dozens of layers of pigment.
My oil paintings are more tonal and reflect quieter, more harmonious moments. I love painting in oil on linen because it permits such a wide range of sizes. My work can be as large as 4 feet by 6 feet. Though I have a done series of 30 paintings that are all only 4 inches by 6 inches.
Most of my nature scenes were first done Plein Air. I believe there is great benefit to being a true witness to a scene before attempting to recreate it in a controlled studio setting.
I endeavor to convey the feelings of nature at these precious intervals of time.
GALLERIES AND AFFILIATIONS
Adams Galleries of Austin.
I was a resident artist at Artspoken Gallery in Austin, TX. I am a founding member of the artists' cooperative Austin ArtSpace Gallery & Studios which is now run by the Austin Visual Arts Association. I am a member of the Austin Pastel Society, the Southwest Pastel Society and Plein Air Austin. Nationally, I am a member of Pastel Society of America, Degas Pastel Society and Oil Painters of America.
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC GUIDANCE
Scott Christiansen - Idaho
Judith Carducci - California
Bob Rohm - Texas
Leslie DeMille - Arizona
Sally Strand -- California
Sue Kemp - Texas and Italy
Maria Lyle - Texas
Austin Museum of Art
University of Texas at Austin
Scottsdale Artists School
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
TEXARTS Fine Art Show
Find Your Heart in Art, American Heart Assn.
Arthouse 5x7 Show
Vin Bistro, Solo Show
Austin Pastel Society Exhibition
Waterloo Watercolor Society Exhibition
Austin Bergstrom International Airport Exhibit
Art in One Hue, Amplify Gallery
EAST, East Austin Studio Tour
WEST, West Austin Studio Tour
Earth, Sky & Water; Austin ArtSpace
Wenmoh Ranch 10th Anniversary Exhibit
Barton Creek Country Club, Fine Art Show
Plein Air Austin Member Show
Studies in Blue, Austin ArtSpace
Paint the Town Exhibit, Marble Falls
Art City Austin Festival
Bass Concert Hall, Summer Exhibit
Degas Pastel Society, 17th National Exhibition
Adams Galleries, Solo Exhibit
People's Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall