I was born in East Orange, New Jersey, and after having lived there all my life, I have recently moved to East Tennessee. I have worked with pastels for the past 20 plus years after having been introduced to them during a life class – it was a natural progression from pencil and charcoal. Pastels lend itself beautifully to any subject in any style – with texture and color layering, both complimentary and local.
Landscapes are my favorite subject to paint, often on location, but also enjoy doing still lifes and portraits. I am excited by what I see, and my goal is to interpret it in a way that touches the viewers’ emotion. It’s about color, value and light, and telling a story, often using underpaintings in watercolor, ink, pastel/alcohol and artgraf/water.
I taught weekly for 18 years in two art associations in New Jersey, along with private individuals and groups. I have taught plein air workshops, locations including Cozumel, Taos, Italy, Rhode Island. I take at least one workshop a year with a master pastelist, both on location and studio.
Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America
Member of the Appalachian Pastel Society, North Carolina
Awards and Juried Show Exhibitions:
Numerous awards from Pine Shores Art Association and Ocean County Artists Guild
Award of Excellence Pastel Society of North Carolina Juried Exhibition, 2018
Juried into the Plein Air Salon Show 2018
Juried into the Knoxville Plein Air Event, 2018 and 2019
Juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, 2017 and 2019
Uart On-line Competition, 2017
Audubon Society Salmagundi Club NY, 2016
Forked River Framing and Art Gallery
Picture Perfect Gallery