I grew up in coastal New England, first in Connecticut and then in and around Boston before finally settling in Maine in 1999. Here, Im surrounded by gorgeous beaches, rocky coastlines, lush marshes and breathtaking landscapes. Not surprisingly, this has inspired much of my work. More recently, Ive also begun to enjoy painting still lifes, both related to and unrelated to the coast. I paint primarily in oil.
My road to becoming a full-time artist includes having been raised by scientist parents who gave me a keen eye for observation, a love for nature and the tools and opportunity to explore my urge to create art. I also credit an artist grandmother whose work and talent influenced and encouraged me from my earliest years. My love for creating art, both drawing and painting, was obvious from a very young age and it was, fortunately, recognized and supported.
Nonetheless, I went off to school for a non art-related education based on my parents advice that art is a good hobby but an unreliable source of income. I did enjoy my first career in the corporate world, but I always imagined a future where I would have my own studio and create art instead. The move to Maine in 1999 finally allowed for that (although the studio would come years later after three kids were raised and the playroom was no longer needed.) Ive been painting ever since and have found both success and reward in finally doing what I feel I was meant to do.
This year, I was named one of Maines Noteworthy Artists for the Art Maine Annual Guide. I am a member of Oil Painters of America. My paintings have been accepted into numerous juried art shows and my work has sold to collectors throughout the United States.