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Shavannah, Georgia

I have been fascinated with drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.   But it was not until my late teens that the idea of art as a vocation began to take hold.  From that time on I quickly discovered that painting outdoors (plein-air) would be the primary means I would use to express myself and I have learned to be thankful for the breakthroughs and endure the frustration that go hand-in-hand with trying to capture the world on canvas.

My process involves finding those objects, scenes or lighting conditions that most perfectly resonate with an inner feeling or mood  The goal is to experience the object or scene directly in and for itself, and then through painting, to communicate that experience as simply and straightforward as possible.  I view my art as a kind of journal and a meaningful way of marking time.

I love that my “job” compels me to be observant of the daily and seasonal cycles of nature.  Weather, of all kinds, has become something to be embraced and celebrated.  All things, grand or small, share equal footing and call out to be noticed.

I am also intrigued with the craft of painting:  the well-stocked palette ready for action, the smell of oil paint or the first brushstroke on the empty canvas.  Unlike many areas of my life, dominated by ever-evolving technologies, the basic materials of the painter’s world have not changed much and I can spend the whole of my career getting to know them better.

A painting, especially one done on location, is a unique conglomeration of forces and factors.  It combines a specific viewpoint at a particular moment in time with all the emotion, insight, and skill an artist can muster then and there.  The outcome is often surprising and never predictable.

It is a joy to share with others a finished picture that has been well observed and honestly portrayed. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1983, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
Yale University School of Art – 1982 Norfolk Summer Session

1992  LaGrange, GA National XVII Juried Competition; Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum
1993  “Southern Focus; Pastel Painting of Savannah and Tybee Island”; International Oasis Gallery, Savannah, GA
1993  Southeastern Pastel Society 5th Annual International Exhibition; Stone Mountain Village,      GA (Third Place Award)
1995  “Works on Paper”; National Juried Exhibition; Valdosta State University Art Gallery
1996  Florida Art Center National 100; Havana, FL
2001  7th Annual Telfair Museum Art Fair; Savannah, GA (Best of Show)
2005  Quinlan Visual Arts Center Plein Air Painters of the Southeast; Gainesville, GA
2005 Airlie Arts Festival Plein Air Invitational; Wilmington, NC

Coastal Antiques and Art, January 2000
Coastal Antiques and Art, January 2002
American Art Collector, April 2006

Gallery Representation
Friedman’s Fine Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
Walls Fine Art Gallery Wilmington, North Carolina

Collections and Commissions
Arthur Anderson & Company, Atlanta, Georgia
BellSouth Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia
Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah, Georgia
Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn Law Offices, Savannah, Georgia
Juliet Gordon Low Center, Savannah, Georgia
Parker Companies, Savannah, Georgia
Southern Bell, Savannah, Georgia
Wachovia Bank, Atlanta, Georgia

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