I am a professionally trained artist specializing in pastel, charcoal, graphite, and watercolor media. At the University of Hawaii, I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting. Following graduation, I moved to the Philippines where I completed my first oil painting series. Later, I moved to Italy where I exhibited my oil series and was one of the speakers in a group art show.
When I returned to the United States, I attended a workshop by Master Artist, Harriet Kronick, which was a turning point in my career. I put away my oil palette for the spontaneity for pastels. To learn more about pastels, I attended a workshop by Daniel E. Greene. As a pastelist, I did commissioned portraits and focused initially on figurative art. When I moved to Miami Beach, I shifted to architectural landscape because of the influence of the local Preservation movement and dominance of Art Deco buildings. My love of history and conservation found a new voice and passion.
I visited France during a Monet Art Immersion trip to explore color and light. As a result of this trip, I began experimenting with watercolor to harness the power of color. I toured and painted the lighthouses of Ireland, as part of my development as an architectural lighthouse painter.
I believe that artists are social activists. It only takes one person to light candle for others to see. As the French writer, Rodrigues stated: “the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and fastest way to social, political and economic reform.” I feel art should be an agent for change. My vision is rise up preservationists to save lighthouses and other landmarks. The Lincoln Monument exemplifies how landmarks tell our Nation’s story and exemplify who we are as a Nation. Landmarks are important. What is Paris without the Eiffel Tower?
I am passionate about community. I was an art ambassador for the “Arts in the Community” outreach for the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. I was a caricature artist for the Diabetes Association “America Walk for Diabetes,” grand-openings of the Florida Times-Union Performing Arts Center, the Ritz Theatre and the La Villa Museum. I am a member of the Florida Lighthouse Association and Plein Air Florida. I have won numerous awards in various festivals and exhibits: Jacksonville, FL, Homestead, FL, Chesapeake, VA, Flagler, FL, and Atlanta and Kingsland, GA.
If I were asked to look over my progression from aspirant to professional artist, I would attribute my simple beginnings to the encouragement of my high school art teacher, Miss Anderson, at William M. Raines Senior High School in Jacksonville, Florida . When I am not in front of a sketchbook or easel, I am blogging, spending time with family or traveling around the sunny state of Florida, the United States and abroad. “Art, like morality consists in drawing the line somewhere” GK Chesterton.