The first morning in Shenandoah National Park, I went out early to find a place to paint. After debating over a few different spots, I found these milkweed pods right behind our campsight. The painting is 7" X 5", pastel and on a terracotta sanded surface. I really loved working on this terracotta surface it just wanted to jump off of that color.
In the afternoon I found another spot with Witch Hazel trees that I thought were interesting with the last of their yellow leaves hanging on. Last of Fall is a 9" X 12" pastel on Board. The Witch Hazel bright yellow leaves were blowing away as I painted. The wind was really cool and the longer I painted the colder I got.
Painting is a way of expressing yourself that I find irresistible. To express with feeling a scene. Whether it is of the landscape, a still life of my favorite things, or a posing figure; I strive to create a mood that the viewer can visualize through my painting.
I am living in the North Georgia mountains and am able to see the beautiful mountain vistas, streams and fields all around me. I hope that I can record these scenes so that they can be remembered and enjoyed. Many of the old farms are disappearing and the rural settings are being replaced by progress. Whether I’m painting plein air or recording the scene with my camera while on travels, I love the process. Seeing the many shapes, colors, and values are always in my mind. Painting satisfies me and stills me to contemplate how I will convey my vision. Pastel, oil or encaustics are all mediums that I make use of. Whether the paint is the soft vibrancy of pastels, the brushwork in the oils, or the unpredictability of the encaustics; I love being an artist.
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Exile” Genema Gallery, Atlanta, GA “The Joy of Pastels; Riding the Renaissance”, Bellsouth Center, East Lobby, Atlanta, GA “Decalogue” How Artist Respond to the Ten Commandments, Genema Gallery, Atlanta, GA Quinlan Annual Member Exhibitions, Gainesville, GA “Man, Earth & Sky” Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA Two Woman Show, Two Dog Café, Gainesville, GA A Different View, Gwinnett County Court House View2, Binder's Art, Atlanta, GA Art Station Juried Shows, Stone Mountain, GA Art-to-Heart Auctions Benefit YWCA Cobb County Woman & Children’s Shelter Fall Rendevous, Buissant Art Center, Dahlonega, GA Awarded “Best in Show” $1000 Southeastern Pastel Society Juried Exhibitions Southern Colours Exhibitions Atlanta Artist Center Juried Exhibits Blue Ridge Art Center Exhibitions
Emory Eastside Hospital New Wing Grand Opening "Art With A Heart", Snellville, GA
"Art On The Walls At City Hall" solo exhibition, Snellville, GA