I have always loved to draw and paint. My mother, who was very artistic, taught me the basics of sketching while I was still in grade school. She encouraged my creativity. I am so grateful to have had her love and support for my artwork.
In 1984, I started my own business. It was completely unrelated to art, so I had to vent my creative impulses through illustrating newspaper ads, creating window graphics for local businesses, and doing watercolor portraits in my spare time.
A career change in 1994 afforded me an opportunity to devote more time to art. I was able to study oil painting with Carin Hebensreit at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, specifically to learn the glazing techniques of the Old Masters. This has brought out a richness and depth to my work which was previously unrealized.
Over the years, I have completed many commissions for both public and private collections. I had my first solo show in 1998 at Masterpiece Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio. In addition I also have shown works at Solar Flare Gallery, Rising Sun, IN, Chelsea Fine Art, Lake Forest, IL, and Brown County Art Gallery, Nashville, IN.
My paintings can presently be purchased at the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, the Hoosier Salon Gallery in New Harmony, Indiana, the Acorn Cottage in Brown County, Indiana, The Framery in Lawrenceburg, IN, , The Great Crescent Brewery Artisan Center in Aurora, IN and Art Guild Studios in Aurora, IN. You may also purchase paintings by contacting me in person at my e-mail address or by phone.
The Theatre In Motion, located in New York City, selected one of my paintings in 1998 for a poster design to promote the production of The Promise of the Park. This musical was featured at the NYC centennial Celebration in Central Park. In May of 2000, I created another poster design, which was used at the International Disabilities Conference in Rochester, NY as well as a poster for the Museum of the City of New York of their antique toy display.
Of course, I still find the time to paint the still-lifes, landscapes and portraits I love. In each painting I try to invite the viewer to share the beauty that compells me to paint.
Do you want to know more about my artwork?
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I am so tickled to announce my first ever painting published in a national publication! "Mariah" is in an article about Oil Painters Of America in the May issue of American Art Collector magazine.
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