I find plein air painting a great challenge with a many great rewards. The challenge to find a subject, create a composition, and then getting this fleeting beautiful moment painted in a short amount of time amazes me every time. It is a constant joy and a great opportunity to just observe the beauty of nature.
This is very different than spending most of my past professional painting time in the studio doing watercolors with plenty of time to spend on each painting. I find my time outdoors stimulating. It is a continual learning experience and the more I paint, the more I find there is to learn.
Having a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Missouri was just the start of my art journey. Since then many excellent teachers, books, and hands on painting have contributed greatly to my growth.
I enjoy plein air paint outs and exhibiting my paintings at outdoor art festivals. It's fun discussing, describing and sharing information on where each painting was created, the weather conditions, and what drew me to that subject. I find many who are not familiar with plein air painting, and this gives me the opportunity to promote this form of painting.
Galleries: M Gallery of Fine Art, Sarasota FL / Serendipity Gallery, Boca Grande FL
Invitational Paint Outs: "Plein Air Easton", Art Center, Easton MD / "Crescent Beach", Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach FL / "Concorso Rapido", Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin FL / "Downtown Arts Stroll", Clearwater FL (First Place Award) / "Punta Gorda", Punta Gorda, FL (Third Place Award) / "Evinston to Cross Creek", Thomas Center, Gainesville FL / "Paint the Town", Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg FL / "Paint Out in Paradise", Venice Arts Center, Venice FL / "Forgotten Coast 2006", Saint Joe Paper Co, Port Saint Joe FL/ "Estes Park", Blue Horse Gallery, Estes Park, CO/ "The Nature of Art in High Springs", High Springs Gallery, High Springs FL / "Wekiva Invitational", Apopka FL / "Forgotten Coast 2007", Saint Joe Paper Co, Port Saint Joe FL / "Crescent Beach Invitational" 2008, Island Fine Art / 2009 "Paint Annapolis", Annapolis MD
Juried Art Festivals: "Art Harvest", Dunedin FL / "Gasparilla", Tampa FL / "Artigras", Jupiter FL / "Mainsail", Saint Petersburg FL
Juried Exhibits: "Miniatures-East Coast Region" Oil Painters of America, Brazier Fine Art, Richmond VA / Brazier Fine Art, Richmond VA / "Richeson 75: Small Works", Richeson Art School & Gallery, Kimberly WI / Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio TX / 2008 Paint America Top 100 / 2008 Paint America Mini Top 50 / 2009 Plein Air in Florida Bienniel / 2009 Annual Oil Painters of America National / 2009 Hilton Head Island National / "American Artists Abroad", Benningtion Ctr for the Arts, Bennington VT / "Paint Annapolis", Cheney Gallery at Maryland Hall, Annapolis MD / "Catherine Lorillard Art Club Annual", National Arts Club, New York NY / "American Impressionist Society Annual", Saks Galleries, Denver CO / "Nomades Del Arte" , Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX / Paint America Traveling Exhibit / American Women Artists National, Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX / Oil Painters of America-Eastern Regional, Walls Fine Art, Wilmington NC / "1st Annual Juried Exhibition", Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland FL
Awards: First Place Oils,"Richeson 75: Landscapes" 2008 / Finalist, Raymar Competition-July 2008, Juror-William Scott Jennings / Finalist, International Artist Mag Feb-Mar 2009 / Grand Prize, "PaintAmerica Mini-Top 50" 2010
Workshops: May 2008 "Medievel Adventure" Fondi, Italy / May 2008 "Medievel Adventure" Ceriana, Italy
Associations: Plein Air Florida (Signature Member) / Oil Painters of America / Artists Alliance of North Florida / Paint America Society (Signature)