I am interested in the physical world of weather and light, in the intersections of land, water, and sky, and in how colors meet and influence each other. My landscape paintings often start with small work done on site in the landscape; I may make several sketches from the same viewpoint. In the studio, I often use the small paintings as reference points for larger work. My interest is to retain an emotional and physical link to a specific landscape, but to distill details of place, time, weather and light into simplified color compositions that still evoke connection to a recognizable world.



I am a professional artist, formerly based in Ann Arbor MI and living in Massachusetts since 2016. After painting the beautiful Great Lakes for most of my life, I am happy to now be able to study the Atlantic coastline and rocky landscapes of the East Coast.

My work is in included in public and private collections nationwide and in Canada. I have a degree in painting from the University of Michigan School of Art, and have attended post-graduate trainings and seminars in England and the U.S.

I like hiking, animals, and being outdoors in all weathers, and I like putting paint on paper or canvas and finding out what will happen.



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