Artist Statement

As a creative explorer, I enjoy the process of several methods of painting. The vibrant color and texture of oil paint, and oil and cold wax suits my expressionist style. Sometimes I use acrylics on paper alone, or combined with chalk pastel. My subject matter determines my process. Initially, I will sketch a rough composition onto the surface either in pencil or paint, occasionally using a reference photo as a guide. However, if the subject is abstract, I rely on my intuition to determine the composition. I often apply paint with a pallet knife or brush. I blend and soften edges with a brush or rag or remove paint with medium or a spray of water to create negative space and texture. I fluctuate between bold, impasto brushstrokes, and soft, blended designs, always with an attention to color. When working with mixed media collage I re-purpose

previous works as subjects or backgrounds to create new context. Usually, I will complete an entire piece in one sitting. 

 

I have always had a profound connection with the sublime feeling nature inspires, and the cathartic effect of a walk in the forest or a day by the sea. As a painter, my creativity is continually sparked by my deep respect for nature, stunning and awe-inspiring. As an avid reader, settings in literature inspire my work, continually, as well. 

I hope my artwork will be reminiscent of a time or place, and observers will be intrigued as they connect with their own memories.

Artist's CV

Litchfield Hills Creative Festival

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Franklin Plaza, Torrington, CT

August 14, 2021

11 am - 4 pm

ArtSpace Maynard

UFO Gallery

Maynard, MA

Arctic Moon Guitar

July 13, 2021 - Present

 

Dreams

Online Exhibit Featuring 67 Artists

from 12 Countries

Personaland

July 2 - September 2, 2021

www.personaland.com

Louise Fletcher's Find Your Joy

Taster Course 2021

June 3 - June 10, 2021

EcoScapes: What is Your Vision of Nature?

Online Exhibit Featuring 100 Artists

from 19 Countries

Personaland

April 2 - June 3, 2021

www.personaland.com

Arctic Moon

Painted Cigar Box Guitar

Collaboration with Mad Dog Guitars

Available at https://dmdione.wixsite.com/maddog

 

Home

Members Virtual Exhibit

Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT

January 21 - March 18, 2021

 

Member Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT

January 19, 2021 - Present

https://milfordarts.org/

 

The Story of Women

Live and Virtual

Milford Arts Council

Milford, CT

October 15 - November 19, 2020

 

Art in the Windows

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Downtown Torrington, CT

July 2020 - Present

 

Louise Fletcher's Find Your Joy

Taster Course 2020

June 15 - June 23, 2020

 

Torrington Collective

Artist of the Week

June 11, 2020

 

Color Exhibit: Red

Virtual Exhibit

Milford Arts Council

Milford CT

June 11 - July 31, 2020

People's Choice Winner for "Red Boat" 

ART in PLACE (Self-isolation)

Virtual Exhibition

Standard Space Gallery

Sharon, CT

May - June, 2020

 

Resiliency

Virtual Multimedia Gallery

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

May 22, 2020

 

Art Life Culture

Art Show and Contest

Harwinton, CT

Second Place in Painting for "Break"

January 25, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Membership Drive Cover Art - 2020

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council

Torrington, CT

https://www.artsnwct.org/

Northwest Arts Council Member

Torrington, CT

January 2020 - Present

https://www.artsnwct.org/

2D & 3D: Shape & Color

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Group Juried Show by Paul Baylock

Drezner Gallery

Avon, CT

December 7 2019 - January 18, 2020

December 2019 Artist of the Month

Hawk Ridge Winery 

Watertown, CT

December 1 - 29, 2019

Group Juried Show

Gallery 25

New Milford, CT

October 7 - 27, 2019

 

Corralling Cats: Fascinating Felines

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Drezner Gallery

Avon, CT

June 22, 2019 - July 27, 2019

 

Art 2 Unite 2

Artspace 

Hartford, CT

June 22, 2019

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-art-art2unite2-hartford-0620-20190618-p6oct37rxfcltjhhbukm6mo3o4-story.html

 

New Perspectives on Main

Gallery on Main

Watertown, CT

April 13, 2019 - May 11, 2019

 

The Five Points Annex 

Holiday Art Sale 

Torrington, CT 

November 29 - December 16, 2018

 

Annual Group Juried Show

The Underground Gallery

Collinsville, CT 

August 17-Sept 2, 2018

Stillness 

 

Kelly’s Crystals 

Torrington, CT 

Artisan 

August 1 - October 1, 2018

 

Artist of the Month - May 2018

Jerram Winery 

New Hartford, CT 

May 4-28, 2018

 

Solo Show 

The Underground Gallery

Collinsville, CT 

April 6-22, 2018 

 

Place | Memory 

Juried Group Show

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Avon, CT 

"Cosmic Dreamscape"

November 17, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Opening November 17, 2017 5-9 pm

 

"Remembering Mother Nature"

Miranda Vineyard 

Goshen, CT

Artist of the Month 

November 2017

Opening November 11, 2017 2-4 pm 

 

Open Studios Hartford Group Show

Artspace

Hartford, CT 

"Stone Stairs" 

Open Through November 

Open Studios Weekend November 11-12, 2017

http://openstudiohartford.com/group-show

 

"Everywhere in Between”

A Group Juried Show by William Kluba

The Underground Gallery 

Collinsville, CT 

August 11, 2017 - September 17, 2017

"Storm"

"Stone Stairs"

Education:

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Associates of Science

Certificate of Graphic Design, 1988

Wamogo Regional High School

Rhode Island School of Design Art Award, 1985

Wesleyan University

Center for Creative Youth

Scholarship Recipient, 1983