Since 1997 I have painted in oils and pastels focusing on the “plein air” tradition of painting out doors in the landscape.
Most paintings are completed in one session using California Impressionist style with rich color, loose brush strokes and emphasis on capturing the effect of light and shadow. I participate in many Art shows each year and have won many awards at juried shows over the years.
Please see the Calendar for upcoming shows.
In addition to my art, I have been a writer my whole life in that I have always written a daily journal each morning together with short stories since I was a little girl. A family tradition modeled by my English mother.
My daily writing habit has naturally combined with my painting - I feel that taking careful note of the quality of the day that surrounds each painting experience, creates an additional layer of experience for me, the artist, as well as for the viewer of my paintings.
I am now combining my art with my writing with my “Paint the States” quest to paint in every State in our beautiful and diverse country.
Personal Notes: I was born in Malawi in Africa and lived there until I was 16. I now live in Santa Cruz, California.
My lifelong love of nature and the landscape made plein air painting a natural fit for me, as well as my lifetime love of writing. Every time I go out to paint it is always worth it – no matter how my day may have started out. The painting and writing process is what really interests and engages me. It is always fresh and wonderful."