About

A large percentage of my work (commissioned and non-commissioned) centers around the portrait and figure. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the spark that lies beneath the surface of the skin. In warm months, I try to get outside to paint the seasonal changes of color and light in the fields and waterways of the Eastern Shore. Pastel, oil and silverpoint are my mediums of choice.

Art Education

  • BA in Visual Arts from Florida State University, 1976. Juried into BFA based on a series of fantasy drawings.
  • The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia, 1999-2008. Studied portrait and figure under the direction of Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, Priscilla Treacy, and Edward Reed.
  • Pastel Workshops with Mary Pritchard, October 2008, January 2009 and April 2009.
  • Pastel Portrait Workshops with Claudia Post, May 2010, July, 2010.
  • Figurative Sculpture Workshop with Rick Caseli, June, 2013.
  • Figurative Pastel and Oil Workshop with William Schneider, March, 2014.

Awards

  • Chestertown Arts League, 64th Annual Open Juried Show (March 2012), “The Guitar Maker”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Chesapeake College, 35th Annual Art Show (September, 2012),“The Guitar Maker”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Kent Island Federation of the Arts, Human Form Show (February, 2013), “Jonathan”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Working Artists Forum, Annual show at Heron Point (June, 2013), “Northern Irish Light”, pastel, Judges Award of Excellence.
  • Chesapeake College, 36th Annual Art Show (September, 2013), “Determination”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Kent Island Federation of Arts, Human Form Show (February, 2014), “Determination”, pastel, Best in Show; “Innocence”, silverpoint, First Place Drawing.
  • Local Color, Tidewater Inn (July, 2014), "Determination,",  pastel, Judges Award of Excellence.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Stewardship Show, (November, 2014), “All That Glitters”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Queen Anne's County Centre for the arts, Animals, Wild and Domestic, (February, 2016), “A Week Before Shearing”, pastel, Best in Show.
  • Working Artists Forum, Heron Point Show, (June, 2016), “Morning at Poplar Grove”, pastel, Judges Award of Excellence.
  • Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, Columbia Arts Center, "Perception- The Artist's View" (February, 2018), "Susan", pastel, 2nd Place.

Memberships

  • RiverArts of Chestertown
  • Working Artists Forum, Easton, Maryland
  • Partner, The Artists Gallery, Chestertown, Maryland (www.theartistsgalleryctown.com).
  • Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, accredited member

Solo Shows on the Eastern Shore

  • Hogan's Real Estate, Solo Show, “Inspirational Portrait Series” (November, 2009), twelve original portraits in oil.
  • Hogans Real Estate, Solo show, “Celebrating Families Native to the Eastern Shore of Maryland”(November, 2010), twelve pastel portraits.
  • Hogans Art Gallery, Solo Show, “For the Love of Dogs” (December, 2012), ten pastel portraits of dogs and their owners, living in Kent and Queen Anne's counties. A portion of each sale was donated to the Kent County Humane Society.
  • The Artists' Gallery, featured artist, “Grazing Green” (July, 2015).
  • The Artists' Gallery, featured artist, “Paths of Life” (September, 2016).
  • The Artists' Gallery, featured artist, "Passion" (November, 2017).

Group Shows

  • Chestertown RiverArts, Dog Days of Summer (August, 2013), “Daydreamer”, pastel.
  • Academy Art Museum, Easton, Working Artist Forum Selections Show (September, 2013), “Field and Sky”, pastel.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Annual Juried Show (September, 2013), “A Pure Spirit”, oil on canvas.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Painter's Eye Show (March, 2014), “Avian Compass”, pastel.
  • Working Artists Forum Annual Show at Chesapeake College (April, 2014), “Kristopher”, pastel.
  • Working Artists Forum Annual Heron Point Show (June, 2014), four pastels.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Musical Muse Show (June, 2014), “Captive Audience”, pastel.
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Rural Life Show (July, 2014), “Looking Good”, pastel and “Ewe Said What?”, pastel.
  • Local Color, Tidewater Inn, Easton, MD, (July, 2014).
  • Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, Home Studio- 200 Rivershore Road, November, 2014.
  • Selections Gallery, Academy Art Museum in Easton, (October and November, 2015) “All That Glitters”, pastel.
  • Willow Gallery, Quiet Waters State Park, Annapolis (March, 2017).
  • Working Artists Forum at Chesapeake College, (April, 1017).
  • Chestertown RiverArts, Black and White Show, (February, 2018) "Great Egret in Spring", silverpoint.
  • Willow Gallery, Quiet Waters State Park, Annapolis, Maryland Society of Portrait Painters (June, 2018).
  • Curated Chestertown RiverArts, "Eastern Shore- Faces and Places (July, 2018), "Frederick Douglass", silverpoint.