Aided by the voice within my art I discovered tranquility when I painted, which was missing from my very hectic life. Even my storm paintings express a soft quietness. I love being part of nature and becoming completely absorbed while I paint. All time is suspended then. I've always painted from life; either what I find or set up. Sometimes I bring flowers along to add to the landscape. And once I purchased a tart topped with blueberries to paint while outside, because where I was did not move me; and yet I still wanted to be painting outdoors.
For many years I travelled about, from California to Florida and even to Mexico. I never stopped painting or marketing, and no matter where we moved my art supplies came along. Watercolors were my main medium. But, now I'm exploring oils and painting landscapes on location for a wonderful adventure!
I am a cofounder and I market a group of plein air artists called Reflectionists. I received a BS degree with high honors from Eastern Michigan University; completing a double major in art and in psychology on a full scholarship.
Galleries: Metropolitan Gallery, Ormond Beach FL
Collections: Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur CA / Mobile Museum of Art, AL / private collections
Exhibits: “Spring into Art”, A H Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta GA / "Starry Starry Night XV - Plein Air”, Casements Cultural Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / "46th Annual", Artist’s Workshop Inc, New Smyrna Beach FL / “Brush With Central Park”, Casements Cultural Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / "47th Annual", Artist’s Workshop Inc, New Smyrna Beach, FL / “Reflectionists”, Absolute Americana Art Gallery, St. Augustine FL / “Featured Artist” Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach FL / “Nautical Invitational Show”, Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach FL / ”Winter Wonderland”, Casements Cultural Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / ”Works in Miniature” Artist’s Workshop Inc, New Smyrna Beach, FL / “Reflectionists”, Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach, FL / "Rhthym of Color"-Reflectionists, Ormond Beach Performing Arts Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / "Fountain of Youth", Spear Gallery, St.Augustine FL / "Ongoing & Ever Changing"-Reflectionists, US Post Office, Ormond-by-the-Sea FL / "Plein Air Artists: CFPAA", Main Street Gallery, Titusville FL / "Small Wonders", Community Ctr, Palm Coast FL / "Impressions of Ormond", The Casements, Ormond Beach FL / "Touch of Purple" Reflectionists, Main Street Gallery, Titusville FL / "Color of Nature"-Reflectionists, Osceola Ctr for the Arts, Kissimmee FL / "Starry Starry Night XVIII”, ECPA Exhibit "Beaches", The Casements, Ormond Beach FL / "8th Annual Nat'l Juried Show" American Impressionists Society, Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago IL / "Juried Show". Mt.Dora Ctr for the Arts, Mt.Dora FL / "Crescent Beach Paintout", Island Fine Arts, Crescent Beach FL / "Artist of the Month", Gallery of Local Art, Flagler Beach FL / "Great Holiday Gift Show", Mt. Dora Ctr for the Arts, Mt.Dora FL / "Sunrise, Sunset", Casements Cultural Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / "Carribean Colors", Casements Cultural Ctr, Ormond Beach FL / "Reflectionsists Present Reflectionism", Gallery at the Metro, Orlando FL / "Reflectionists Present Transitions", Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach FL / "Solo Spotlight Show", First Friday, Metropolitan Gallery, Ormond Beach FL / "Inside & Out", Creative Spirit Gallery, Baldwin Park FL / "Summer Breezes", Nourot Gallery, Benicia CA / "NWMA Regional", Gateway Center for the Arts, DeBary FL / "Celebrating Green" ECPA Exhibit during "Starry Starry Night XXI", The Casements, Ormond Beach FL / "Cloudscapes", Metropolitan Gallery, Ormond Beach FL
Events: "An Artists Paintout", Harry P Leu Gardens, Orlando FL / “Invitational Crescent Beach Paint Out”, Island Fine Art, Crescent Beach FL / "World Wide Paint Out" IPAP, Mead Gardens, Winter Park FL / "Mt. Dora Invitational Paint Out" CFPAA/IPAP, Mt.Dora Center for the Arts, Mt.Dora FL / "Tour of Gardens" CFPAA, Lake Eola Heights, Orlando FL / "Tour of Homes" CFPAA, College Park FL / "Crescent Beach Paintout", Island Fine Arts, Crescent Beach FL / CFPAA Mt. Dora Holiday Show & Paint Out / CFPAA College Park Great Additions Home Tour Paintout / "Garden Tour", Winter Park FL / "Lake Eola Home Tour", Orlando FL / "Crescent Beach Invitational" paintout, Island Fine Art / "Holiday Tour of Homes", Ormond Beach FL / "Wekiva Invitational" Painout, Apopka FL
Publications: Cover Art "Ivory Tower", Ormond Magazine, Jul-Aug 2006
Cover Art "Palms Aspire", See St.Augustine Magazine, Summer 2008
Cover Art "Daytona View" hotel book, Oct 2008-09
Music Video by singer-songwriter Phil Bearce features my paintings. See it
Associations: Plein Air Florida / East Coast Plein Air / California Watercolor Association / Artist’s Workshop Inc / Reflectionists / American Impressionist Society