Trained in painting realism until college, I found the college years were a series of experiments in abstract expressionism (the “ism” of the period). Studying many historical styles, my interest of painting representational still life prevailed — especially the styles of the Dutch golden era masters. For 20 years, after college, full time painting was put on hold for a career as owner of a successful advertising/marketing firm in Miami, Florida, and later a kitchen/bath renovation company in Northern Virginia.
With this strong background in marketing, I used my artistic abilities to open a decorative arts company. Over a 13 year period, I painted trompe l’oeil, large scale wall and ceiling murals in homes and businesses throughout South Florida — including Burger King International Headquarters, Spec’s Music Stores and Sunglass Huts Headquarters, to mention a few.
Moving to the Metropolitan Washington, DC, area offered wonderful opportunities for me to associate with many fine arts organizations, galleries, studios and world class museums. With a lifetime of exploration in painting, I found new opportunities to develop my style including painting objects that provoked fond memories such as toys, marbles, crayons, and candy.
“The brighter side of life.”
I decided to create colorful paintings that make me happy — and, in turn may be meaningful to the viewer. My paintings incorporate the Dutch masters’ techniques of dark backgrounds with a directed light source to enhance the brilliance of the colors. After visiting the museums in Amsterdam, I developed a relationship with Dutch still life objects of fruits and vegetables. Luscious dark cherries, fabulous apples, grapes, beets — the colors of nature always challenging.
In 2010, I was honored with a grant to live and paint for a month in Dinan, a town located in the Brittany area of France, and one of my paintings was chosen and added to the collection of “La Grande Vigne” in Dinan.
My paintings have been exhibited throughout the Metro DC area with awards including “Best of Show” several times. I am pleased to be juried into fine art festivals — including Miami, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Baltimore and Metro Washington DC areas.