Being an avid gardener, I want to share the joy I feel in growing flowers and living with them in our home with you. I paint floral still-lifes from life, experiencing each season and what is brings.
Life is fleeting, and by taking the time to focus on the seasons and to paint what is in bloom, I aim to share a sense of beauty that has a more lasting quality.
Here is a selection of some floral Still-life Paintings:
Studio paintings are those that require multiple painting sessions at the easel. Often an oil-study has been completed before the commencement of the larger painting. With studio paintings, I use direct and indirect painting techniques, so a painting will have several layers of oil paint, some layers are altered with a medium to apply paint in a more transparent and luminous way.
Alla prima oil-sketches are paintings completed in one session. As my artistic practice has shifted to completing larger paintings and incorporating more figurative work, these floral oil-sketches have become an integral part of my creative process. I paint them seasonally throughout the year. They are opportunities to just paint, enjoying the moment and rejoicing in the beauty of nature.
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.
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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