Nature has always been a source of artistic inspiration for me, ever since I began drawing plants, birds, and animals as a child. It continues to spark my imagination now as I paint and draw nests, trees and landscapes. Six years ago, one of the first pastels I painted was a bird’s nest, which developed into of a series and a subject that I still explore. I aspire to create each nest as a safe and a sacred space, as well as construct order out of seeming chaos in order to depict the strength of even the most delicate nest.
I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Pastel Painters Society of Maine, and I am in the International Association of Pastel Societies’ “Master Circle”. I am the PPSCC Recording Secretary. I was awarded First Place in the Pastel Journal’s “2012 Pastel 100” Still Life Category, as well an Honorable Mention in the Landscape Category in the “2013 Pastel 100”. My other Artist Memberships include the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association, Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, North River Arts Society, and Connecticut Pastel Society.