University of South Florida, B.A. 1995
St. Petersburg College
Ringling School of Art, Wild Acres
Studies with Cassandra James
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art
Studies with various visual artists from the PBS Series, “Art 21”
Studio 1212 - William Pachner
Russell R. Robinson
Art Educator: Palm Harbor University High School, Fl. (9-12, AP, IB art)
Art Educator: Forsyth Public Schools, Forsyth, Mt.
Art Coordinator and Educator, Custer County Art Center, Mt.
Oil Painters of America
Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance
Plein Air Painters of Idaho
TVAA “#NoFilter”, Nampa Civic Center, Nampa, Id
5th Annual Living Mark Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, Or.
TVAA Annual Juried Exhibition at Boise Public Radio, Boise, Id- 2018, 2019
Idaho Falls Annual National Juried Exhibiiton at the Willard Arts Center, Id -2018, 2019
TVAA ““Red, Green” Exhibition at Boise Public Radio, Boise, Id
NAEA, FAEA, PAEA, Florida Artists Group, National Association of Women Artists, Studio 1212
Joan Hodgell- St. Petersburg, Fl.
Anderson-Marsh- St. Petersburg, Fl.
Joan Ling- Gainesville, Fl.
Russell B. Hicken- Tampa, Fl.
L. Hackworth- Clearwater, Fl.
My art uses observation based subjects as a way to stay intimately connected to life in each moment. Whether or not I have access to art materials, I am constantly observing my world as a subject.
I visualize my surroundings by limiting my viewpoint: boundless stimuli are examined through the analysis of light, color, ambiance and form –a perceptual, spiritual and emotional response to subject or environment.
My preliminary processes include drawings in my sketchbook, usually a watercolor study, and possibly a photograph. The compositions are analyzed in the studio, or immediately for the plein air works. As I paint, the experience of applying paint to the ground becomes intensely focused and all encompassing. An evolution of the original subjects occur with my painting style and become more expressive statements filtered through my ingrained sensibility of formalism. The methods of paint application are revealed in my work through careful observation by the viewer and may include multiple layering of washes, glazes, or direct “alla prima” style of painting.
My work throughout time includes several subjects including people and pets. But my love of the outdoors is revealed in my periodic return to the topic of landscape. A former series of works focused on intimate aspects of nature. As I experience the broad vistas in Idaho a wider view can be seen in the majority of my present paintings.