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Composition: Understanding Line, Notan, 
       and Color (Arthur Wesley Dow)

The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry

      (Jay Hambridge)

Landscape Painting (Birge Harrison)

History Of American Tonalism (Cleveland)

Beyond Impressionim: The Naturalist Impulse

Alla Prima: Everything I Know About 

     Painting (Richard Schmid)

Landscape Painting (Mitchell Albala)

The Creative Habit (Twyla Tharp)

I seek out visual imagery that is beautiful or uniquely expressive of a mood or emotion— sometimes dramatic and direct, often subtle or somewhat ambiguous. And while my sensibilities and skill continue to evolve, there are certain themes and approaches that I am repeatedly drawn to:  the vastness and serenity of distant landscapes; the abstract patterns created by shadows, shapes, and reflections; the rhythm, flow, and contemplative stagecraft of still lifes; and the expression of character and mood through gestures and facial expressions.


Overall, my paintings combine traditional oil painting techniques with contemporary subjects, compositions, and ideas.  My technique varies a bit depending on the idea and desired effect. I start with thoughtful planning and a good composition, exploring ideas of dynamic symmetry and golden section proportions.  I then apply paint in either a painterly or controlled manner, utilizing layers of glazes to magnify or adjust colors, sometimes scrubbing, wiping or scratching away paint to reveal the ground color again.  I am interested in tonal approaches with harmonious, sophisticated, and naturalistic color schemes.     


My ideas come from a wide range of sources, including travel, people watching, personal and family photographs, memories, music, poetry, books, and movies. I paint because it both connects me to the world around me and, paradoxically, allows me to travel to different (and sometimes imaginary) times and places without leaving my studio. To me, a painting provides a means to truly contemplate and appreciate a particular image or idea— with time and concentration involved in its creation, and time and engagement involved in its viewing.




BORN:  Hartford, CT



       Duke University, Bachelor of Science

       Cleveland Institute of Art, Continuing Studies  

       MA in Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco  


     People's Choice Award, Hudson Fine Art, Hudson OH, 2020

     Honorable Mention, National Association of Women Artists, CCM Art and Design Gallery, 2018

      Portraits of Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Centennial On-Line project, 2016 

      Best of Show, Salon International, 2014

      Honorable Mention, Faces of Winter: Building on Classics, Connecticut Society of Portrait

                Artists National Exhibition, 2014

      Dorothy L. Irish Award for Oil Painting, National Association of Women Annual Exhibition, 2013
      Honorable Mention, Salon International, 2013 
      Jury’s Top 60, Salon International, 2013

      Best In Show, Springfield Museum of Art, “Ohio Variations”, 2012

      Best In Show, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 100thAnnual Juried Exhibition, 2011
      First Place Award, Gates Mills Annual Exhibition, 2009


      Art New England feature, Summer 2015

      American Art Collector portrait feature, July 2015

      Landscape painting featured in the movie “Jenny’s Wedding”, 2014

      American Art Collector Magazine

                    Coast to Coast, May 2012

                   “Culinary Creations:  Collecting Gourmet Art”, April 2012

      Southwest Art Magazine:   “21 over 31: Up and Coming Artists of Note”, November 2009 

      The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Western Reserve Academy portrait presentation, June 2012 

      U.S. Citrus Annual Report, Washington DC, Cover Art: “Morning Grapefruit”, 2008



      20192  "Of Land and Sky: Traditional and Contemporary Landscapes", Western Reserve Land Conservancy Gallery, OH09

      2018     “Town and Country”, Gates Mills Library Gallery, Gates Mills, OH

      2012     “Mood and Memory”, Chagrin Arts and Culture Main Street Gallery, Chagrin Falls, OH

      2011      “Color/Balance”, South Wing Gallery, Cleveland Heights, OH

      2011     “Black and White: Drawings and Charcoals”, Deborah Nicholl Gallery, Chagrin Falls, OH

      2010     “New Works”, Moos Gallery, Western Reserve Academy, Hudson OH 
      2009     “Oil Paintings and Portraiture”, Deborah Nicholl Gallery, Chagrin Falls, OH

      2002      “New England Scenes and Winterscapes”, Chagrin Falls, OH





      2020  Winter Small Works, NAWA Gallery, NY, NY

      2020  Land and Sea, Salmagundi Club, NY , NY

      2020  Identity: Things, Regional Exhibition, Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

      2018   Open Horizons, National Show, County College of Morris Art & Design Gallery, Randolph, NJ 

                         --- Honorable Mention

      2018  Landscapes: Day and Night, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY

      2018  Portraits: Identity, Regional Exhibition, Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

      2018  Heights Arts Member Show, Cleveland Heights, OH  


      2017   Valley Art Center Regional Show, Chagrin Falls, OH—Honorable Mention

      2017   Expressive Women of NAWA, Ridgefield, CT


      2016   Small Works, The Handwright Gallery, New Canaan, CT

      2016   Portraits of Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art Centennial On-Line project 


      2015   Connecticut Academy of Fine Art Annual Juried Exhibition, Mystic, CT  

      2015   Portraits: Interior and Exterior, Arts Club of Washington DC     

      2015   Salmagundi Club New Member’s Exhibitions, NYC, NY

      2015   Valley Art Center Annual, Chagrin Falls, OH     


     2014     Salon International, Greenhouse Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

                        ---  Best of Show Award Winner

      2014   Salmagundi Club Non-Members Exhibition, NYC, NY

      2014    Faces of Winter 2014: Building on Classics, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

                        National Exhibition, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT

                         --- Honorable Mention

      2014    “Transforming Viewpoints” National Exhibition, Pittsburg State University, KS


      2013    Zanesville Museum of Art 69th Annual Ohio Exhibition, Zanesville, OH

      2013    National Association of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, NY, NY

                        --- Dorothy L. Irish Award for Oil Painting

     2013     Oil Painters of America National Juried Salon Show, Petosky, MI

                        --- Executive Director’s Benevolent Artists’ Award

      2013    Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

                        --- Award Winner: Honorable Mention

                        --- Award Winner: Jury’s Top 60 

      2013    Cleveland Connection, The Gallery at Lakeland, Kirtland, OH


      2012    Springfield Museum of Art “Ohio, Variations”, Ohio Plein-Air Society 10thAnniversary 

                   Exhibition, Springfield, OH

                   ---   Award Winner: Best in Show

      2012     American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, K. Newby Galery, Tubak, AZ

      2012     National Association of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, NY, NY

      2012     Faces of Winter 2012- A Daniel Greene Festival, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists’ 

                             National Exhibition, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT

      2012    Ev(e)olution: A National Women’s History Exhibition, Riverside Public Library, NY, NY


      2011     Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Addison Gallery, Cape Cod

      2011     Ohio All-Media Art Exhibition, The Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH

      2011     National Association Of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Wald Kim Gallery, NYC, NY

      2011     Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 100thAnnual Juried Exhibition, Mystic, CT

                    --- Award Winner: Best In Show

      2011     Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX


      2010     Summer Salon, Hartford Fine Art, Hartford, CT

      2010     Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

      2010     Richeson 75 International Competition: Small Works, Kimberly, WI

      2010     The New May Show, Lakeland College Gallery, Cleveland, OH


      2009     National Association of Women Artists New Member Exhibition, 80 Fifth Avenue, NYC, NY

      2009     High Road Gallery, Landscapes: Juried Group Show, Columbus, OH
      2009     Gates Mills Annual Show

                     --- First Place Award, Gates Mills OH

      2008     Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, Richland Fine Art, Nashville TN
      2008     Small Treasures Show, Hartford Fine Art, Hartford CT
      2007     Springfield Museum of Art, Juried Group Exhibition

      2007     Ohio Plein Air Competition, New Philadelphia, OH

                      –- award winner
      2001-2017     Annual Show, Gates Mills OH 
                      ---   2017 Honorable Mention

                      ---  2013 Honorable Mention
                      --- 2009 First Place 
                      --- 2006 Honorable Mention 

      2001-2016     Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
                      --- 2004    Honorable Mention 
      2001     Tri-State Annual Fall Show, Kent CT – President’s Room honors



      2011- current       Portrait Artist for Western Reserve Academy, 

                                      Hudson, OH  

      Additional works held in private collections across the US and in Sweden

      Reference list available upon request



      Geary Gallery, Darien, CT

      Hudson Fine Art, Hudson, OH



    Cleveland Clinic Corporate Art Collection, Cleveland, OH

     Summit Park Investments,  Cleveland, OH

     Refrigeration Sales Corp, Cleveland OH

     Falls Communications, Cleveland, OH

     Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Cleveland, OH

     Republic Bank, Hudson, OH



      Elected Member, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

      Juried Member, National Association of Women Artists

      Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

      Juried Member:  Allied Artists of America, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America,        

            American Women Artists   

      Ohio Plein-Air Society, Connecticut Plein-Air Painters
      Past Treasurer and Board of Directors, Ohio Plein-Air Society 

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