ARTIST STATEMENT

What makes certain places special ? Why do we feel good in Nature ? How does Light define a sense of place ? How does Nature continue to enchant, excite, calm, heal, and transform us all ?

I observe, photograph, draw and dream to anchor the feelings that guide my process. Through a series of sketches based on my photos, filtered thru memory, I refine and clarify the essence of what made that particular place special.

Pastels are made with pure pigment, pure color, which accounts for their richness and brilliance. These fine pigments, without the liquid binders found in oil paints, will not fade, crack or yellow over time. Since the 16th century museums have collected pastel works that remain as vibrant today as the day they were created.

I use a large palette of soft pastels, often handmade, on archival board. I blend with my fingers and use the edge of the pastel for detail. I do not use fixatives, brushes, pastel pencils, blending tools or liquids in order to ensure the careful preservation of delicate details and color harmonies.

Each unique custom hardwood frame is handcrafted with wood-spline corners. Museum glass and 8-ply mats help ensure that each original pastel painting will continue to be a source of beauty for generations to come.

~  Austin, Texas, 2018
 

RESUME

Exhibitions ( selected )

2018 Cottonwood Art Festival, Dallas, Texas
2007, 2010 - 2014, 2018
Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, Texas

2018 Round Top Arts Festival , Round Top, Texas
2003 - 2011, 2014 - 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado

2004 - 2005, 2008, 2010 - 2017 St. Louis Art Fair, Missouri

2003 - 2017 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, Texas
2004 - 2011, 2013 - 2017 Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, Maryland

2004 - 2017 Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003 - 2012, 2014 -2017 Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois
2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2017 Bruce Museum Art Festival, Greenwich, Connecticut
2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2014 Naples National Art Festival, Florida
2003 - 2009, 2013 Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
2010 - 2014, Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte, Colorado
2004, 2007, 2010 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Orlando, Florida
2005 - 2006 Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2002 - 2005 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Michigan

2003 - 2005 Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wisconsin
2004  Long's Park Art Festival, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2004  Naples Invitational Art Festival, Florida
2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2014 Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Florida
2003 - 2004 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Texas
2001 - 2009 Austin Museum of Art Holiday Art Show, Texas
2005  Armonk Outdoor Art Festival, New York
2004  Port Clinton Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois
2003 , 2008   Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida
2002  Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
1999  Local Color Art Gallery, College Station, Texas ~ solo exhibit
1998  Austin Museum of Art Holiday Art Show, Texas
1997 - 1999 Austin Museum of Art Fiesta Art Show, Texas
1993 - 2003 Annual Open Studio Show, Austin, Texas
1972  West Alexander Art Show, Pennsylvania

Commissions and Awards ( selected )

2018 Second Place, Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston, Texas
2018 Best in Show, Round Top Arts Festival, Round Top, Texas
2017 Best in Category, Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda, Maryland
2016 Merit Award, Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, Texas
2014 Best in Show, Main St Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth, Texas
2014 Award for Drawing, Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, Connecticut
2013 Award of Distinction, Bonita Springs National art Show, Bonita Springs, Florida
2012 Best in Show, Crested Butte Arts Festival, Colorado
2011 - 2012 Best in Category, Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, Connecticut
2011 - 2012 Best in Category, St Louis Art Fair, Clayton, Missouri
2012 Best in Category, Rockport Art Festival, Rockport, Texas
2011 Best in Category, Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, Wichita, Kansas
2009 Best in Show, Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Maryland
2009 Best in Show, Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, Connecticut
2008 - 2010 Award of Merit, Naples National Art Festival, Florida
2010 Award of Merit, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Florida
2004 - 2008 Best in Category, Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Maryland
2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 Juror Merit Award, Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
2006 Award of Excellence, Art Fair at Laumeier, Missouri
2005 Second in Category, Armonk Outdoor Art Festival, New York
2004 Best in Show, Art Fair on the Square, Madison
2003 Best in Painting and Drawing, Arts Beats & Eats, Michigan
2003 Best in Medium, Austin Fine Arts Festival
2003 First Place - Pastel, Scottsdale Arts Festival, Arizona
2003 Best of 2-D, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Florida
2001 Best of Show, Runner-up, Austin Museum of Art Holiday Art Show
1999-2001 book commission, Telluride, Colorado
1998 Best in Medium, Austin Museum of Art Fiesta Art Show
1997 five landscapes, commission, University of Texas
1972-2012 landscape commissions for private residences
1972 Second Place, West Alexander Art Fair, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

University of Houston
Tucson Museum of Art School
Bethany College