Elevating everyday moments into fine art


-this is my mantra.  I am drawn to objects of beauty that still have the impression of the craftsman’s hand.  I value all hand-cultivated arts and strive to incorporate these items into my paintings. 

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This painting, Pink Pajamas, is a recent addition to my series “Labor of Love” where hand-quilted quilts play a leading role in all the paintings.  This series is an opportunity to explore the diversity of traditional quilts in paintings.  Reacting to my visual delight in the repeating geometric shapes, patterns, and textures found in age-old quilt patterns that appeal so much to my tactile senses, I use these paintings to explore these visual impressions. 

My goal for this painting was to capture my daughter’s essence on a lazy morning, the kind where pajamas, snuggling, and just enjoying the moment take precedent.  The blue quilt that surrounds her is one I made for her, and to me, the act of sewing and then providing a quilt to warm and wrap the body of a loved one is a very physical representation of love.

If you wish to purchase an original work of art, these paintings are sold exclusively through galleries.  Please contact my local gallery if you are interested in purchasing a painting, the Principle Gallery | Alexandria, 208 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703.739.9326, info@principlegallery.com

A little about me:

I am an artist and teacher living in Alexandria, VA.

I am someone who seeks clarity of ideas.  I am drawn to color, pattern, and detail.  In my artwork, I am fascinated with incorporating beauty observed in my surroundings, always striving to celebrate the simple moments of life. 

It is with much gratitude that I find myself an artist today.  This was not always the case. I went to school to be an architect, and then practiced for nine years.

On the eve of turning 35, I left the architectural profession to pursue being an artist full-time.  I parlayed the strong observational and sketching skills gained from being an architect towards mastering representational oil painting. By establishing a self-directed study plan, I gained proficiency by attending art classes and workshops, and by copying masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Now I work and teach in my home studio and garden, creating paintings that are firmly rooted in intensive observation while celebrating the seasons of the year.

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