I began drawing and painting in early 2013 following the death of my beloved grandmother. Losing her was gut wrenching, but it did make me appreciate that life is short. I stopped putting off things. I went to Paris for the summer. Painted in the shadow of Notre Dame and in the gardens of the Louvre. It was life-changing.
Since then, I’ve done thousands of figure drawings and hundreds of paintings, as well as redoing many of them obsessively, lol. There is no shortcut to being an artist; I wish there were. But in my experience, moving forward as a painter only happens through constant hard work, an open mind, an obsessively critical eye and resiliency.
After only a couple years painting, I was surprised to be offered my first solo exhibit at the historic Scarab Club of Detroit, just steps from the famed Detroit Institute of Arts. A gallery show was crucial for helping me to see that my hard work was paying off.
Portraits, figurative work, still lifes and landscapes … I paint them all, mostly in oil. I’ve studied with Erin Scott, a fine painter and professor at OCC who helped me improve my mental game. In the last two years, I’ve also taken transformative workshops with living greats Jon Redmond and Carolyn Anderson. They are both still in my head, which is about the biggest compliment I can give any instructor. They had an immense impact on me.
I am especially grateful to all of those who have supported my work by buying it – a decision to bring it into their homes and their lives. I’ve had good luck with sales; it’s rather humbling. Parting with a painting is like parting with a piece of myself. As it should be, I feel. It IS a piece of myself.
As a metro Detroiter, I can often be painting plein air on beautiful Belle Isle, quietly singing along to the bell tower, which chimes “Look for the Silver Lining.” Painting is my silver lining. Life is good.
The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2019.
First Prize, Palette and Brush Club Fall Exhibit, Dearborn, MI, Oct/Nov 2019.
Student Showcase, Flint Institute of Arts, June – September, 2019.
“Wild” Juried Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, June 2019.
Our Town, Birmingham Community House, Birmingham, MI, May 2019.
Member Show, Northville Art House, Northville, Michigan, March 2019.
Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, February 2019.
The Palette & Brush Club Exhibit, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, Feb 2019.
The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2018.
Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, September 2018.
The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, November/December 2017.
Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2017.
The Gold Show, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, December 2016.
The Body Eclectic, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan, February 2016.
Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Fall 2015.
Our Town, Birmingham Community House, Birmingham, Michigan, October 2015.
Sketch Session Exhibit, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, February 2015.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Student Show, Birmingham, Michigan, Spring 2014.
Solo and Two-Person Exhibits:
Student Solo Show, Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Winter 2016
Cool & Warm, The Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, Summer 2015 (with co-exhibitor Scott Dolan)
Other Professional Affiliations:
The Scarab Club, Board Member, July 2019 – Present
Scarab Club Sketch Session artist, active member/occasional session moderator
Palette & Brush Club, Marketing Director
Plein Air Troupe, SE Michigan
Independent Painters, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Group of Ten, Birmingham, Michigan
Plein Air Artists of Western Michigan, annual retreats 2015, 2017, 2018
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, member
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, member
The Art Atelier, Royal Oak, Michigan, member