I am a fine artist and live painter from Branford, CT.
I work in both oils and acrylics in a “loose realism” impressionistic style, capturing the light and colors of the local landscape and coastal scenes. As a Live Event Painter, I am hired to paint at weddings, fundraisers, private parties, galas, and community events. I will bring my painting gear, set up, and create a painting as an event unfolds. The majority of the painting will be completed on location with studio time afterward to finesse and refine the painting.
My professional career began in marketing and advertising after receiving my Bachelor in Business Administration at Western New England University. For the past 30 years, I continue to work on my fine art skills by studying in Florence, Italy, Hartford Art School, MCC, West Hartford Art League, and independent online studies with New Masters Academy. Working in the education department at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT is where my love for art history and teaching art blossomed. I have a passion for teaching art and takes great pleasure in encouraging my students of all ages to discover their unique gifts and helping them to develop their artistic skills. I currently teach private lessons to students interested in becoming Live Event Painters.
My passion and joy for plein air or outdoor painting have led me to volunteer as President of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and Paint-out Coordinator for Madison Art Society. I sell and exhibits my work in various shows and art festivals in Connecticut as well as online.
I strive to create paintings that communicate confidence in execution and exhibit a fresh, intuitive and unique perspective. Seeking to interpret the world in a way that will not only inspire others but to evoke a positive emotional response. For me, painting is a way of communicating, connecting with others and a never-ending journey of discovering and exploring.
Painting outdoors allows me to be immersed in my surroundings, breathing in the fresh air, feeling the sun and breeze against my skin and hearing the sounds of the seashore or soft chatter of a conversation.
I attempt to paint a small study in a few hours before the light shifts. These studies are then taken back to my studio as references for larger paintings, working to capture the feel of a time or place on canvas.
My work has won a number of awards including Best Landscape and Honorable Mention in Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 2017 Biennial Fine Art Juried Competition and Best in Show in 2017 Visual Art Exhibition with the Cheshire Art League.
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