About

My paintings usually start with four colors (a yellow, a red and two blues) arbitrarily splashed and sprayed and tilted around on wet watercolor paper. After that layer dries, I paint my subject on top. I think the first layer, which you can see through the transparent watercolor applied later, provides subtle variations and interest throughout  the painting, and I think it is particularly lovely in the “whites”, which in my paintings are not white at all, but soft random mixtures of pink, yellow and blue. These READ as whites, but FEEL more like light to me, with its secret rainbow inside.
 
I like to wet the area where I’m applying paint and drop the pigments into the puddle, rather than brushing it on. I think this gives a nice “liquid” surface quality. 
 
I like strong, vibrant color and especially gutsy, colorful darks, and I like my paintings to tell a story. Jo in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women said, “I like good strong words that mean something.” I’d say, humbly, “I like good strong PAINTINGS that mean something.”

Honorary Awards

Master Signature Member, Watercolor West

Signature Member National Watercolor Society

Signature Member San Diego Watercolor Society

Signature Member Northwest Watercolor Society

Painter of the Year, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society 2014

Selected Awards

First Prize, Watercolor West International Exhibition 2014

Founders Award, Watercolor West International Exhibition 2010

People’s Choice Award, Watercolor West International Exhibition 2010

Juror’s Award, Watercolor West International Exhibition 2002

American Artist Award, Watercolor West International Exhibition 2001

$1000 Purchase Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2000

Watercolor Enthusiasts’ Cash Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2017

Golden Acrylics and Ph Martin’s Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2016

Signature Members’ Cash Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2012

Golden Acrylics Merchandise Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2009

Columbia Winery Pacific Northwest Award, Northwest Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2014

$500 Cash Prize, National Watercolor Society Members’ Show 2016

Merchandise Award, New England Watercolor Society North American Biennial 2000

Best in Show, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Annual 2000

SELECTED Exhibitions

National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition: 1998

National Watercolor Society Members Show: 2016

New England Watercolor Society North American Biennial: 2010, 2004, 2000

Northwest Watercolor Society Open Exhibition: 2014, 2010, 2009

Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council: 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997

San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2000, 1996

Signature American Watermedia Exhibition: 2018, 2017, 2016

Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition: 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1994

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies: 2012

Gallery shows

Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA: Group show, 2015

Art Expressions Gallery, Palm Desert: Three-person show, 2006

Northwing Gallery, Palm Desert, CA: Solo show, 1996

Publications

International Artist, Dec 2001/Jan 2002, “Postcard from California”

The Palette Magazine, Issue 1, “Be Creative with Figures”

The Palette Magazine, Issue 22, “Everything in its Place”

Watercolor Highlights, 2003, “Figures Versus Portraits”

Watercolor Magazine, Fall 1996, “Advice from Experts”

Watermedia Focus, Issue 16, 1999, “An Artist Worth Noting”

Teaching

Watercolor West Watercolor Demonstration Series, 2014, 2006

Numerous workshops

Judging

Indian Wells Arts Festival 2018

San Diego Watercolor Society Member Shows February 2018, July 2016

Redlands Art Association Annual Show 2014

Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Plein Air Show 2014

Education

BA, Wellesley College