Plein Air colorist, who is passing on the Hensche/Hawthorne tradition.

My creativity is centered around my excitement over light —“Light as it falls on the landscape at specific times of day and under specific conditions.” In addition to my training at Wayne State University in Detroit and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, I spent many years studying color with impressionist master, Henry Hensche, at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA.

I have written articles on capturing the colors of nature for American Artist, International Artist, and The Artist’s magazines. I was a guest artist with the Plein Air Painters of America at their last show in 2000 and am included in the book, Enchanted Isle, A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island. I am a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society; and an artist member of the California Art Club. Most recently, I won the grand prize at Easton Plein Air in 2011.

My paintings have appeared on posters, wine labels and national ad campaigns for clients Alfa Romeo, Loews Hotels, and others. I teach and paint throughout the country, and offer  workshops close to home at my studio in Northern California. The last two years I was an invited instructor, lecturer, and panelist on the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color at the American Artist Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Weekend with the Masters.

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