My body of paintings are inspired from childhood memories and photographs that capture extended family, events and the memorable characters that colored my world from the 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Life back then felt unhurried, grounded and slow like a crockpot. Embracing and reflecting on the good times are at the core of my art and helps me to remember what’s truly important in my life.
Grandma Moses was the first artist who influenced my heart with her honest and innocent narrative of life on the farm. Like her, I’m self-taught and began my painting career in mid-life. I heavily dabbled in mosaics for a decade yet for me painting feels more fixed and solid. I’ve been fortunate to have my very first paintings acknowledged in shows which has further spurred me forward. Other artists that continue to influence me are Alice Neel and Milton Avery.
With our busy 21st Century lives moving at ever increasing speed it’s really helpful to remember it is the simple things that can bring us joy. Like a visit with Grandma, attending Mass with the Aunts or hanging with our siblings on a Sunday afternoon. I hope my work will bring a smile to your face and conjure up a warm afternoon of your youth.
El Camino College
Exhibit Curatorial Recognitions:
2019 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts- Best in Show
2018 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—2 Blue Ribbons
2017 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—Blue Ribbon
2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts—Blue Ribbon
2015 Oregon Society of Artists Show—Honorable Mention Ribbon
2015 Oregon Society of Artists Rose Festival Show—Honorable Mention Ribbon
2015 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Show—Honorable Mention Ribbon
River Gallery, Independence, Oregon
The Stafford Gallery, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Clackamas, Oregon Kaiser Hospital Design Building, Clackamas, Oregon
Singer Hill Gallery, Oregon City, Oregon
Several paintings at The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast Museum, Historic Jim Thorpe, PA.
Many of my paintings are hanging in private residences.
Created dozens of private commission projects
Several commission projects in progress