Landscape Painting

 

I specialize in painting Landscapes in pastel or watercolor. Sometimes both mediums make a great combination. All are places that I have traveled to and have taken pictures of. In some cases, I painted “plein-aire” on location with other artists. I often paint from photos — particularly in the wintertime. I also love painting old houses or parts of them. They seem to have a spirit all their own.

House Portraits

I’ve specialized in painting House Portraits in Watercolor for over 30 years. I don’t just paint the house, but the property and the “spirit” of the home as well. I have met many interesting people, traveled to many places and moved mountain peaks, built a fence for roses and changed the seasons by painting every plant blooming at the same time. Anything is possible in my house portraits.

Biography

People often ask me how long I’ve been drawing and painting. As a child, I went to Saturday morning art classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. This definitely had a big influence on me. In college, I majored in Commercial Art at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to marriage, and 5 children, I was an Advertising Layout Artist at The May Company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Throughout the years – I painted posters, signs and scenery for churches, schools and hospitals. It was sometime, during the 1970’s, that I started taking painting classes with artist Rae Robinson — in Southington. Later – classes at Lyme Academy — in Old Lyme, Guilford Handcrafts and Arts & Crafts of Meriden Assoc. In 1992, I joined The Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative in Chester, CT. I show and sell my Paintings, Handmade Paper Books and Saying Cards here.  From 2008 to 2012, I ran The Art Gallery at The Mill House. I also ran the Artisans Holiday Show, which ran through November and December. All of it is alot of work, but it’s very gratifying. I’m always meeting new people/artists plus we learn from each other.


Today I am the Manager of The Gallery at The Orchards thru Southington Arts & Crafts Association. The Gallery is located @ 34 Hobart St., Southington, CT. Come and visit! A new artist exhibits every month.

AWARDS

1st & Honorable Mention —  1992; March 2014 & 2016 Painting Award
Connecticut Pastel Society

Best in Pastels — 1993, 2000, 2003, 2016
Southington Arts & Crafts Association

Pastel Award — 1996
Southington Arts & Crafts Association

Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award — 1999
CT Pastel Society National Show

Painting Award — 2004, 2006 - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Southington Arts/Crafts Association

Painting Award — 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015 
Gallery 53 — Meriden, CT

Best in Show – 2013
Gallery 53 Fall Theme Show in Meriden

Painting Awards – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 thru 2016
Cheshire Art League

2nd Prize in Watercolors — 2006
Connecticut Community Care

2 Painting Awards — 2009
Essex Art Association

Honorable Mention — 2012 & 2014
Hospital of Special Care “Joy of Art” Show

Honorable Mention — 2012
Southington Public Library 2nd Annual Juried Art Show