About my art: Watercolor is my medium of choice and I have found it to be extremely versatile. In my sketches, it adds to the richness of the scene or object and works well with ink and other media. In my finished work, watercolor gives me the opportunity to be as detailed or as loose as I want. With botanical art the details are significant and I find that what I am doing is actually drawing with the brush. By contrast, the landscapes are very loose. I use a wet-in-wet technique to establish the sky, then add thick paint with the edge of a palette knife from the bottom, allowing it to blend into the damp sky colors. What happens then is magic. My art is evolving–I learn something new each time I pick up a brush–and this is what makes it exciting for me.
About me: I have studied art throughout all my schooling and continue to hone my skills with instructors whose work I admire (Gwen Bragg, Lara Call Gastinger, Iain Stewart, Linda Baker, Don Crow, Michael Holter, Linda Miller, Mark Taro Holmes, etc.). My professional career was in graphic arts and advertising, but my heart is always happiest when I am drawing and painting. In 2013 I was fortunate to be invited to join Sketching Workshop, an online group of 150 artists from around the world. These people have also become my teachers, colleagues and friends. Art is a solitary endeavor so it is important to me to be connected to other artists, both in person and in cyberspace. I am also very grateful to my ‘tribe’ in Fredericksburg.
- The North Windsor Artists, a group of 10 artists working in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area
- The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts
- LibertyTown Arts Workshop
- The American Society of Botanical Artists and its National Capital Region chapter
- Virginia Watercolor Society
- Sketching Workshop, an online, international group of 150 artists
- Urban Sketchers, an online group of plein air sketchers
- Sketch Fredericksburg, a Facebook group of like-minded artists
I may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org