Watercolor fascinates me with its challenge of maintaining a balance between control and spontaneity. I always have a plan, but I try to allow for the unexpected nuances that appear when paint and water mingle. The mystery and moods that light and shadow lend to works of art and the interesting shapes created by cast shadows have been the subject of many of my landscape and still life paintings. Although my works are rendered in a realistic manner, they are first designed in the abstract. Rich colors and strong value are hallmarks of my watercolors. Teaching and sharing my knowledge with others has been a driving force in my career as a professional.
Education - B.A. Art Education, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ; Graduate studies in Art, Univ. Cal., Berkeley and Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. Workshops with other noted artists.
Awards - Recipient of more than 100 awards locally and nationally including the Grumbacher Gold Medal. Finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition ‘91, ‘95, and ‘97 (over 10,000 entries each).
Achievements – Founder and first President of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists art society, participated in The U.S. International Arts in the Embassies Program; received a grant to paint in Dinan, Fr., June 1997; painting selected for exhibition by Douglass College for their first Artist Series, Summer 1999; listed in Who’s Who in American Art, The World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of the South and Southwest.
Publications - Authored “Texture a Watercolor with Casein,” Jan. ‘91, Artist’s Magazine, and “The Versatile Vignette" summer issue of Watercolor Magic ‘97. Paintings in the following books: “Best of Watercolor” and “Places” by Rockport Press, “The Artistic Touch III” by Creative Press, and the book cover design for “A Virginia Village Revisited”.
Professional memberships - Signature memberships: The National Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, Virginia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Washington Water Color Association, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, The Art League, and The Potomac Valley Watercolorists, founder and Pres.‘74 –’77.
One artist shows - The Atlantic Gallery, Wash, DC; Art League, Torpedo Factory Alex. VA; Children’s Hospital, Wash. DC; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; French Embassy, Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA; Group shows – Cudahy’s Richmond VA; The 20th Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA; McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD., and Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, VA., Green Spring Gardens Horticultural Center.
Promotion of Art - Watercolor classes, Art League School, Alexandria, VA; Falls Church City, VA. Workshops throughout the area, many states and Ireland, France, England, Greece, Spain, Mexico, and Italy. Lecturer for many art groups. Judge for National Watercolor Show, Panama City, FL and five-state Delaware Watercolor Show, Dover, DE.
Museums and Permanent Collections
National and State Juried Shows
Major Honors and Awards