Biographical Information:

My life and work reflect the melding that comes from living with equal measure in East Tennessee, New York City and Los Angeles, with the added spice of world travel and a career in the motion picture industry. I learned to paint in the time-honored way: painting scores of duplications of the Masters, and then attending workshops and locking myself in my studio.

Artist Statement:

I am drawn to subjects that explore layers of awareness and visual perception - urban still lifes that meld foreground images with reflections; floral portraits that take the viewer deep into an intimate center, and portraits of people who have either retreated to some unknown interior space or who challenge the viewer with a direct look. What is unnoticed? What are they thinking?

In my encaustic paintings, I am also fascinated with images in the natural world that have the imprint of mankind and must be observed from a vast distance in order to see the relationships of repeated forms and patterns. Layering and polishing the pigmented encaustic creates a depth of clarity and a richness of color that I use as the basis of my paintings, and allows me to create with textures, symbols, color, line drawings and three-dimensional objects - opening a gateway to discovery in the process.

Painting is my expression of gratitude for the beauty and wonder of life that I see every day - beauty in those crystalline moments that stop the head-long rush through my day and bring me to a quiet place of profound appreciation for my life and my environment.

Group Exhibitions:
EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 - Pasadena Society of Artists: “Canvas, Clay, Glass and Paper”. Pasadena City Library, Pasadena (October 1-31)
2019 - Pasadena Society of Artists: Solo Show. Pasadena Hastings Ranch Library (October 1-31)
2019 - Pasadena Society of Artists: “Artists’ Choice”. White’s Gallery, Montrose (September 3 - 28)
2019 - Pasadena Society of Artists:  94th Annual Juried Exhibition. Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank, Juror: Jay Belloli. (June 7 - 27)
2019 - “Spring Fever”. McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World, Altadena. (May 3 - June 28, 2019)
2019 - Pasadena Society of Artists: “Convergence - The Women of PSA”. Neutra Gallery, Silverlake (March 6-23)
2019 - SoPA Artists. “Eclectic Visions” Crain Art Gallery / Crowell Public Library, San Marino, CA. (April 20 - May 31)

2018 - Pasadena Society of Artists: “By Hand”. McGinty’s Gallery, Altadena. (October 1 - 28)
2018 - Pasadena Society of Artists: “Artistic Visions”. Pasadena City Library (October 1 - 31)
2018 - IEA / LAXWAX  - "A Moment in Time" - Santa Clarita City Hall, Santa Clarita, CA (July 18 - November 14, 2018. 
2018 - SoPA Artists. “Artists Choice”. Rosebud Gallery, Pasadena.
2018 - Pasadena Society of Artists:  93rd Annual Juried Exhibition - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA            Juror: Meher MacArthur  (April 2 - 28, 2018)
2018 - IEA / LAXWAX - "Everything That Is Solid" - Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo ,               CA (March 29 - April 28, 2018)

2017 - IEA / LAXWAX Annual Exhibition - "Illuminations" - Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario (July 27 -                      October 1, 2017)
2017 - Pasadena Society of Artists:  The Fine Art of Assemblage, Collage, Encaustic & Glass, Towns-Burr Gallery,                      Burbank (August 5-19, 2017)
2017 - Starr House Salon - San Marino, CA.  Solo show  (May 1-30, 2017)
2017 - Pasadena Society of Artists:  92nd Annual Juried Exhibition - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA            Juror: Toby Tannenbaum  (April 1 - 30)
2017 - SOPA Studios & South Pasadena Arts Crawl - "Texture, Textile and Text" - SOPA Studios, South Pasadena

2016 - SOPA Studios & South Pasadena Arts Crawl - "Transformations" - SOPA Studios, South Pasadena (October 22)
2016 - Pasadena Society of Artists:  91st Annual Juried Exhibition - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA            Juror: James Morphesis  (June 7-25)
2016  Pasadena Society of Artists Juried Spring Show - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA.  Juror:  Clovis Blackwell          (April 5-April 30)
2016  Pasadena Society of Artists Spring Artists' Choice Exhibition, Blinn House - Women's City Club, Pasadena, CA            (March 4 - June 3)

2015 PSA 90th Annual Juried Exhibition - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA  Juror: Scott Ward.  Award: "The Hour Before            Dawn".  (December 5-30, 2015)
2015 IEA Annual Exhibition - Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, Newbury Park, CA  (Oct 17-31)
2015 PSA Fall Artists' Choice Exhibition, Blinn House - Women's City Club, Pasadena, CA (Sept 12 - Dec 4)
2015 IEA (International Encaustic Artists) Chaffey Art Museum & Gallery, Ontario, CA (Sept 24 - Nov 15) 
2015 "Fresh" at Lamperouge Gallery, The Brewery, LA (October 3 & 4)
2015 LAXWAX & International Encaustic Artists - "Fusion", Keystone Gallery, L.A.
2015 Contemporary Crafts Market, Pasadena Convention Center
2015 SOPA Studios - "New Work" -South Pasadena
2015  PSA "Come Together, Fall Apart", Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
2015 "Art in the Arthouse" - The Pasadena Art Show, Laemmle Theatre, Pasadena
2015 PSA Artists' Choice - Women's City Club / Blinn House, Pasadena
2015 "5 X 5 at the I-5 Gallery" - The Brewery, Los Angeles
2015 PSA Artists' Choice Exhibition - Burbank Creative Arts Gallery

2014 Pasadena Society of Artists 89th Annual Juried Exhibition, Segil Fine Art Gallery, Monrovia
2014 SOPA Studios - "Portraiture...and Other Stuff" - South Pasadena
2014 PSA "Curiosity" Exhibition, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
2014 SOPA Studios - "Paper & Glass Cutwork" - South Pasadena
2014 SOPA Studios - "The Creative Seed" - South Pasadena
2014 PSA Artists' Choice Exhibition - South Pasadena Library
2013 Alhambra City Hall Art Gallery,  “Embodiment of the Human Spirit”, Alhambra
2013 PSA 88th Annual Juried Exhibition- da Center for the Arts, Pomona
2013 Pasadena Museum of History - Museums of the Arroyo, Pasadena
2013 SOPA Studios - "Then & Now" - South Pasadena
2012 SOPA Studios -  "The Art of Encaustic" - featured artist, South Pasadena2012 PSA "Self Portraits" exhibition, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
2012 Gallery 207 "Rock Paper Scissors" All Medium Art Show, Gallery 207, Santa Ana
2012 PSA "Inner Truth" Exhibition, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
2012 PSA 87th Annual Juried Exhibition, Creative Arts Center, Burbank
2011 PSA "Points of View" Exhibition, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena2011 PSA 86th Annual Juried Exhibition, Citibank ArtSpace, Los Angeles
2010 PSA 2nd Annual Artists' Choice, Citibank Artspace, Los Angeles
2010 PSA "Between the Lines", Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena
2010 PSA 85th Annual Juried Exhibition, Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks2009 PSA Artists' Choice Exhibition, Citibank Artspace, Los Angeles
2009 PSA 84th Annual Juried Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks2009 ASC Heart Exhibition; AIDS Service Center, Pasadena
2008 PSA 83rd Annual Juried Exhibition, VIVA, Sherman Oaks2008 PSA Holiday Exhibition; VIVA, Sherman Oaks
2007 PSA 82nd Annual Juried Exhibition; VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2006 PSA 81st Annual Juried Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks
2006 San Gabriel Artists Spring Exhibition, San Gabriel

Awards & Honors:
2015 PSA 90th Annual Juried Exhibition - White's Gallery, Montrose, CA  Juror: Scott Ward.  Award: "The Hour Before            Dawn".  (December 5-30, 2015)
2010 People's Choice Award and Honorable Mention "Woman in Orange" A.C.E. (Artist's Choice Exhibition) PSA juried show
2010 People's Choice Award "Desert Lotus: Abundance" A.C.E. (Artist's Choice Exhibition) PSA juried show
2008 Honorable Mention Award "Lemons of Tuscany" VIVA Gallery, PSA Juried show
2008 2nd place - Still Life "Sunday Afternoon" San Gabriel Fine Arts Assoc.

Affiliations:
International Encaustic Artists
SoPArtists
Encaustic Arts Institute
Pasadena Society of Artists