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A native Western New Yorker and a graduate of Buffalo State College, my art is concentrated right now in the gardens of this area, especially the Niagara Falls School of horticulture where I receive inspiration for the floral paintings. My still life paintings are assembled from generations of family and friends clothing and objects which speak to me.

 Charles Hawthorne said that drawing is not the basis of art, color is. Although I don't completely agree with this statement, I do consider myself a colorist.The earlier still life paintings of personal objects are color saturated and viewed from a middle distance. The most recent series of works, including the Material Pleasures paintings are explorations in light and color as well as simplicity. Working with white on white has pushed me to find color in all the reflections and shadows of the objects.

 Objects designed with movement and bathed in light describe my work at this time.




Favorite links:

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Transparent Watercolor
Society of America
(formerly Midwest Watercolor Society)

Niagra Frontier
Watercolor Society

Burchfield Penney Art Center

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