Bio

> I am a painter and sometimes a printmaker.
> Born in Georgia, I grew up in Maryland, went to school in Virginia, spent thirty plus years in Southern California and now live in Florida.
> By happenstance, my career path took me into typesetting and from there into design and creative communication — the graphic arts. Along the way I ­began painting in watercolor, studying where I could — at night, privately, and at universities, art schools, and community colleges. In California I was exposed to the California “School” of watercolorists, past and present as well as to the Bay Area Figurative painters — amazing artists all — whose ideas make me think and inform my work. And here too I began painting en plain air in the legendary light of Southern California.
> After managing an in-house creative department for many years I retuned to and earned a degree in Studio Art from the University of Mary ­Washington. There I was awarded a scholarship to paint in France which ­allowed me to attend a ­summer semester at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix-en-Provence. Part of the whole experience was discovering that I like printmaking as well as painting, and painting in oil too— and being exposed to ideas that shaped me in new ways.
> My painting medium of choice is watercolor. I just like the way the paint handles, its fluid-ness and the way the transparent plays against the opaque and the happy ­accidents that sometimes happen along the way.

Statement

In my work I use suggestion and impression to describe time and place. I am interested in how line and marks, color and gesture, along with variations in the visual ­perception of the paper can create a unified whole from which individual elements emerge to ­express  something real and essential. The resulting images capture passing moments and spaces glimpsed, sometimes ­minimally, ­always recognizable. They are grace notes speaking to time and place. They are indicated realities evoking recognition. They deal with the commonplace, with the blurred line between ordinary and ­extraordinary, and with that which lies beyond the superficial. They deal with the transient and well-remembered moments in life.

This thought from Van Gogh captures what I am reaching for:

“It comes down to seizing what does not pass away in what passes away.”

“Il s’agit de saisir ce qui ne passe pas dans ce qui passe.”

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Résumé

Selected Exhibitions
» Salmagundi Club Open Printmaking Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2018
» Arizona Aqueous, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ, 2007, 2011, 2018
» Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Annual Open Juried Exhibitions, National Arts Club, NY, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018
» Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Strokes of Genius, 2017, 2018; Small Wonders, 2016, 2017; Art on Paper 2017, 2018
» Maryland Federation of Art Curve Gallery, Online, Stormy Weather, 2018
» Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Annual Members Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (online)
» Artist Alliance at the Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, 2017
» New Orleans Art Association 2017 National Exhibition, New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, New Orleans, LA, 2017
» Laumeister FIne Arts Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2010, 2016
» International Small Image China Exchange Exhibit, National Watercolor Society, Shenzhen, China (and other venues) 2015–16, San Pedro, CA 2016
» Elayne LaPorta Fine Arts Holiday Art Exhibition, solo exhibition, Henderson, NV 2015
» 9th Annual Keystone National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2015
» 6" Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA 2015
» Into the Light: Plein Air Invitational, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA 2015
» Drawn-In 2, Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, CA 2015
» Annual Made in California Juried Exhibitions, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA, 2014, 2015
» Annual Statewide Landscape Exhibitions, Santa Cruz, CA 2011, 2012, 2015
» Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space, The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, 2013, 2014
» San Diego Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibitions, San Diego, CA, 2011, 2014
» National Midyear Exhibitions, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 2009, 2013
» 8th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda, FL, 2012
» Plein Air Invitational Exhibition: In the Light of Day, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA, 2011
» Blossoms II, Art of Flowers, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, 2011
» National Watercolor Society (NWS) Annual Exhibition, San Pedro, CA, 2010; Traveling Exhibition, 2011
» Brushes with Friendship, Nottingham Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA, 2010
» Huntington Beach Plein Air Painting Festival, Huntington Beach, CA, 2007 – 2010
» Belles of Capistrano, Four Women and Their Art, Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 2008
» Painting the California Landscape, Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA,
2007, 2008
» Palm Springs Art Museum 38th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA, 2007
» Plein Air  2005, 2006, Keyes Gallery, Springfield, MO, 2005, 2006

Selected Awards / Honors / Grants
» Who’s Who in American Art
» Katharine A Lovell Memorial Award, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Annual Open Exhibition, 2018
» Past President's Merit Award, New Orleans Art Association, 2017
» Second Place Watermedia, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Members Exhibition, 2013
» Aubade, University of Mary Washington bi-annual art and literature review, 2013 
» Research Grants,
University of Mary Washington, Painting 2012, Printmaking 2013
» Rosalie Chauncey Memorial Scholarship in Studio Art, University of Mary Washington, 2012
» Merit Award, 8th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda, Florida 2012
» Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Signature Membership, 2011
» National Watercolor Society Signature Membership, 2010
» Honorable Mention, Plein Air Festival 2008, 2007, Huntington Beach, CA
» Second Place, Plein Air 2006, Keyes Gallery
» Best in Show, Plein Air Painting Festival, 2002 Jeff Horn, juror
» Third Place, The Artist Eye, Costa Mesa, CA 2001 Timothy J. Clark, Juror
» Second Place, Newport Beach Salute to the Arts, 1993 Jean Stern, juror

Design
» Book Design: Daryl Bryant, A Life in Art, monograph, 2012; Susan Sommer, Plein Air Abstraction, 2010; Susan Sommer, Progression, 2015; Art Marketing Handbook, 7th edition, Calvin Goodman
» Personal documentation (books): Grace Notes, Finding Beauty, 2011; Grace Notes, Indicated Realities, 2014; Grace Notes, Looking at Nature, 2015
» Marketing Communications Manager for international technical company Melles Griot
» Miscellaneous brochures and invitations for artists and exhibitions

Education
» University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA (Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art), 2013
» The Marchutz School of Fine Art, Aix-en-Provence, France 2013
» Advanced study in Italy, Argentina, France, Hawaii and California, Art Students League NYC with Timothy J. Clark
» Art Center College of Design, (Harry Carmean, Vern Wilson), Pasadena, CA
» University of Maryland