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 Painting and early inspirations

Creativity and a love of nature are in my family’s DNA. My grandmother, a graduate of the Art Students’ League in the 1920s, hooked rugs that featured animal life and landscape imagery. My father, a chemist by profession, loved photography and home remodeling. My mother created educational display panels that she took to schools to promote appreciation of the environment. My artistic development is the direct result of the passion for art, nature, and creativity that I grew up with.

Painting first in watercolors and then oil, pastels, and acrylic, I have always been inspired by nature. I find myself drawn to a few themes in my painting: natural patterns such as rippling waves and reflections on water, tree branches silhouetted against the sky, clouds of a sunset, or shapes carved in sand by the ocean; the drama of the atmospheric lighting effects experienced in fog, sunrises and sunsets, or approaching storms. Underlying all those themes, and what excites me most about painting, is color. Many of these paintings were done from the porch or the dock of the cabin my grandmother had built on a lake in Maine.

 Pastels   (all on paper , unmatted unless otherwise noted)

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