A Little About Me and My Art
I have lived most of my life in coastal New England; in Connecticut, around Boston, and since 1999, on the coast of Maine. So it’s no surprise that coastal life and the changing seasons inspire much of my work. I'm incredibly lucky to be surrounded by gorgeous beaches, rocky coastlines, lush marshes and breathtaking landscapes. I am constantly observing colors and compositions and I see beauty everywhere, even in the most “ordinary” objects and landscapes. I try to convey all that with oil paint on canvas. I'm drawn to different perspectives, interesting shapes, light and colors. I tend to either paint one or two objects up close (I love exploring the detail and bringing out the beauty of a seemingly simple or overlooked object) or I paint the magnificent landscapes and seascapes around me. In recent years, I've also added still life painting to my area of interests.
My road to becoming a full-time artist began early in life, though I am primarily self-taught. I started painting when I was quite young. My grandmother had been an oil painter so I was fortunate that my obvious interest was recognized. I also credit my scientist parents for giving me an eye for observation, a great love for nature and the tools and opportunity to explore my constant urge to create art.
When it came time for college, however, I chose a non art-related education and enjoyed an early career in the business world. I created and sold art as time allowed, but I always imagined a future that included my own studio where I would spend my days painting. The move to Maine finally allowed for that...though the studio would come years later after three kids were raised and the playroom was no longer needed!
Creating art has been a mainstay of my life. These days, I am grateful and thrilled to spend my days as a full-time artist from my home studio in Scarborough. In 2020, I was featured in Maine Home+Design’s 'Art Maine Annual Guide' as one of Maine’s 75 Noteworthy Artists. I am a member of Oil Painters of America. My work has been juried into many shows, both locally and nationally, and has sold to collectors throughout the United States.
I'm always happy to answer questions. Please follow my latest work on social media, if you'd like. The links to both my Facebook Page and my Instagram are in the "Follow Me" tab above.
Some Shows and Successes
2020 Yarmouth Art Festival, Juried show, Yarmouth, ME
2020 Oil Painters of America Virtual Juried Salon Show, Juried show
2020 Allied Artists of America 107th Annual Exhibition, Juried show
2020 Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery, "Top Art" Exhibition, Juried show, Portland ME
2020 Maine Home+Design, "Seventy-Five Noteworthy Maine Artists", Art Maine Annual Guide
2020 Annual Yarmouth Art Festival, Juried show, Yarmouth, ME
2019 Skillins, Annual Group Exhibition, Falmouth, ME
2019 Annual Yarmouth Art Festival, Juried show, Yarmouth, ME
2018 Skillins, Annual Group Exhibition, Falmouth, ME
2018 Kefauver Studio & Gallery, "Rock 'n' Wave" Show, Juried show, Damariscotta, ME
2018 Annual Yarmouth Art Festival, Juried show, Yarmouth, ME
2017 Skillins, Annual Group Exhibition, Falmouth, ME
2017 Annual Yarmouth Art Festival, Juried show, Yarmouth, ME
2016 River Arts, "Flowers" Exhibition, Juried show, Damariscotta, ME
2016 River Arts, "Artists Choice" Exhibition, Juried show, Damariscotta, ME
2013 Maine Women in the Arts, Awarded First Place in Watercolor