Artist Statement

Through symbolism, I paint animals and objects that depict uplifting qualities of human nature by faithfully representing the seen exterior, revealing the unseen spirit. Offering emotional and visual delight, I create beautiful, highly detailed, accessible imagery rich in substance, that encourages introspection. Influenced by Surrealism, I combine images using intuition and philosophic whimsy until it “feels right”, or because I need a particular shape - even if the combination is offbeat. I compose my chosen subject using axis lines of the harmonic grid, since for me, geometry has mystical qualities that represent nature’s beauty, harmony, and system of order.


Due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I work with water-washed walnut oil paint, solvent-free techniques, and high quality eco-friendly materials. I love working in thin layers of finely blended colors without brushstrokes, so the  subject matter becomes the focus. After the work is finished, I read the symbolism to interpret the deeper story which is how I determine my titles. Every painting is an opening into my psyche, and offers the viewer a place to contemplate dreams helping imagination soar in harmony with their soul.

Biography

Due to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, a severe allergy-like reaction to low levels and different kinds of chemical toxicants, she works with cold-pressed walnut oil paint using solvent-free techniques. After receiving an AFA from Montgomery County Community College she studied 17th Century Still Life painting at Chester County Art Association under Bill Ewing, won local and national awards of excellence, and has been accepted in numerous juried exhibitions including the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Her work is represented locally in West Chester, she had a solo show in 2019 at the Chester County Art Association, has exhibited nationally, and is cherished in private collections.

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Solo Exhibitions

2019  Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA, December

2011 “Standing Stone Chronicles”, Phoenix Village Art Center, Phoenixville, July 1-Aug.2

2008 “Nature Expressed”, Main Line First Friday, Ardmore Initiative, Ardmore, PA, Sept. 5 – 22

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Malvern, PA. Nov.-Jan, Online

Art Gallery at Devon Horse Show, PA, May, Online

Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA.May, Online

Malvern Retreat Art Show, Malvern, PA, February

2019

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Malvern, PA. Nov.-Jan

Devon Art and Horse Show, Devon, PA. May/June

Chester County Studio Tour, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Malvern, PA. May

Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA. May

Malvern Retreat Art Show, Malvern, PA, February

2018

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA, November-January

Summer Light, Square Pear, Kennett Square, PA, August

All Creatures, Studio B, Boyertown, PA June-Sept

Grand Opening, Gallery at Paragon, Phoenixville, PA, March-May

Small Beauties, Era Contemporary, Bryn Mawr Country Club, February

Fresh Insights, The Henry Gallery at Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA, January-March

2017

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA, November-January

Art on the Hill, Pottstown Area Artist Guild, Hill School Boyer Gallery, Pottstown, PA, June

Proud, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA, June

Open Juried Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA, May

Group Show, Ivy Stone Studio, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, March

Women in Art Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Las Laguna, California, March

2016

Generous Kingdom Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, Oregon, December

Small Works Exhibition, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, New York, December

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA, November-January

Holiday Show, JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA, November-January

All in the Details, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA, September

Group Show, JAM Gallery, Malvern, PA, May-July

Awards

2018 Honorable Mention (Canvas, Linen and Board), Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn 

Mawr, PA

2017 First Prize, Juried, Art on the Hill, Pottstown Area Artist Guild, Hill School Boyer Gallery, 

Pottstown, PA

Excellence Award, Juried Art Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

2016 First Prize (Canvas, Linen and Board), Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA

Excellence Award, Juried Art Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

2007 Excellence Award, Juried Art Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

Griffith’s Printing Company Award, 70th Annual Members Exhibition,  Main Line Art Center, 

PA

Carolyn Alber Memorial Award, 58th Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia Tri/State Artist Equity, 

PA

2006 Board of Directors Award, 66th Ann. Members Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, PA

Carolyn Alber Memorial Award, 69th Annual Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, PA

2004 National Platinum Award, Trompe l'oeil, Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing, Las Vegas, 

NV

Honorable Mention, All Media Show, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

Education

2007 17th Century Still Life Painting with Bill Ewing, Chester County Art Association, West 

Chester, PA

2005 Successful Women’s Business Certificate Series, Mont. County Comm. College, Blue Bell, PA, 

under Mia Pittman

2004 Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing Seminar and Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada

2003 The Finishing School, New York, Faux Fresco panel, studied under Sean Crosby

2001 The Finishing School, New York, Designer Wall Finishes 1, studied under Carol Kemery

1990 Associate of Fine Art, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA