I grew up in Great Neck, New York, daughter of an antique jeweler. I spent my childhood admiring and studying the beautiful jewelry he sold on Forty Seventh Street in Manhattan. My artistic eye began to develop while sifting through and analyzing every detail of these small works of art. I learned to understand and appreciate good design, as seen through my father’s keen eyes. We would spend hours discussing the merits of these small works. It is that same interest and passion that makes painting and drawing so intoxicating to me now.
When I first started painting my subject matter was from photographs of places that interested me, mostly gardens. I have been a Landscape Designer for many years, creating large scale gardens in Sonoma County, California. I was fortunate to work for a landscape design/build company, which provided me the opportunity to see my designs to fruition. When your materials are from the natural world, sometimes the color choices are limiting. I wanted to learn to paint so that I could make up my own universe through the use of color. What I discovered was that the greater challenge for me is to portray the world through direct observation. There is so much joy in being out in nature, capturing the landscape, in front of a model, across from a still life, and having the paint flow out in exciting colors. It's like magic to me.
I have experimented with various mediums and subject matter over the years. It has become clear to me that portraiture combines both my fascination with people and my love of oil painting. My goal as a portrait painter is to capture the essence of the model through the use of dynamic color combined with careful attention to light and shadow. My goal is to portray the model with just enough information to draw the viewer into the image without including every detail. It is the viewer’s eye that finishes the painting. I continue to enjoy landscape painting and have begun to incorporate the figure in my compositions. It is my hope that you check back sometime and see my progress. Thank you for visiting my website.