I began college as a studio art major, but I switched to the study of Art History, receiving a bachelors degree from U. C. Berkeley and a Masters from U.C. Santa Barbara. Moving to Chapel Hill, I met Lindesay Harkness through our preschoolers and this friendship turned into a student/teacher relationship that continues. Now in my own studio and with my own students, I am teaching the techniques learned from Lindesay which can be traced back to members of the Boston School of American Impressionism and from there, from teacher to teacher, back to the French Academy of Jacques Louis David.
When selecting objects for a still life, I am drawn to those forms that have delicate passages of half tones emerging from the light and fading into shadow. The light effect gives these objects an intrinsic beauty, whether they are natural or man-made. I find the same qualities in the human face and approach portraiture with the same fascination. My goal is to create a portrait that exists as a painting as well as a likeness.
My works are in private collections here and in Canada.
Shows and Awards
- Cary Senior Center (Pastel Society of NC) Cary, NC, May-June 2005
- Fine Arts League of Cary 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Cary, NC. March-April 2005. Awarded the Jim and Ann Award of Excellence for ‘Fruit and Green Pitcher’ (cash prize).
- Through Women’s Eyes, by Women’s Hands, Annual Exhibition, Juried Show, sponsored by The Women’s Center, Chapel Hill, NC, February 2005
- Different Strokes (Pastel Society of NC Annual Exhibition), Carrboro, NC, December 2004-January 2005. Awarded ‘Best of Show’ for Fruit and Green Pitcher.
- Borders, Chapel Hill, NC, October 2003
- Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, June 1993
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