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.
In 2015, I was surprised and humbled 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. I am especially grateful to those who have supported my work by buying it – a decision to bring it into their homes and their lives.
Portraits, figurative work, still lifes and landscapes … I paint them all, mostly in oil and occasionally in soft pastel, though I’ve recently started dabbling in watercolor. I’ve studied frequently with nationally recognized artist Vianna Szabo, who’s been a generous and valuable influence. Another instructor who’s helped me think and find my voice: Erin Scott, a fine painter and professor at OCC.
As a metro Detroiter, I like to paint 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.
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)
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.
Scarab Club Sketch Session artists, active member and occasional session moderator
Plein Air Troupe, when there’s time!
Plein Air Artists of Western Michigan, annual retreats 2015, 2017