Last year I received a Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of he Arts. It provided me provided me with the most valued creative opportunity. I participated in a 3 day Plein Air workshop sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League, taught by Larry Horowitz - this was my first painting workshop. The instructor was wonderful in that he encouraged us to push out of our “comfort zone” and experiment. What I admired most was the fact that he never applied his artist style on the students. The first 2 days of the workshop were very difficult for me; I was trying to apply my studio technique in the field. I realized by painting one subject multiple times the Plein Air style I was searching for emerged on it’s own! I have a newly found simplified style for capturing the fleeting moments on location. Prior to the workshop I was extremely frustrated with most of my Plein Air work.
The driving force of my work is to share with the viewer the inherent aesthetic beauty that all living things possess, be it raging surf or a tranquil pond. I want to express my excitement over the incredible things I am so fortunate to encounter. Much of my passion to paint came from early childhood influences, such as studying the art of revered artist Robert Bateman. Watching episodes of Jacques Cousteau served as kindling for the intense desire to capture the spirit ever so delicate in nature.