Artist Info and Awards
I am a late blooming landscape painter. While in my 50's, watching numerous artists on my local PBS station inspired me to give painting a try. I soon discovered that while painting, I became so immersed in the process that all else was erased from my mind. Although I have had no formal training, to say that I am "Self Taught" is a stretch, since I have accumulated a library of books and lessons by many of the best artists and instructors available.
I began with oils, but was soon drawn to the fast drying acrylics, which seemed a better fit to my style of painting. During my continued development as an artist, I have discovered and been greatly influenced by the work of the Hudson River School, John Singer Sargent, Joquin Sorolla and of modern masters Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick.
Since my retirement, I have devoted most of my free time to my painting avocation and the establishment of a visual arts presence in my hometown of Oswego, New York. I am the co-founder and served as President/ Business Manager until my recent retirement, of an Artist Coop, providing a much needed venue for local artists and artisans to display and sell their work.
I have recently ventured into decorating furnture.....adding a bit of fun to furnishings with my paintbrush.
LOCAL: I gathered up my nerve and entered a painting in my first show/competiton in 2003. To my surpise, it received an Award. In the years since, I have successfully competed in numerous art shows and juried competitions sponsored by local and national art associations, winning over 80 awards.
Among the awards, my work has received 11 1st place ribbons, 3 Best of Show, 2 People's Choice and Master's Division awards in The New York State Fair Art Show; View (Old Forge) Northern Adirondack Art Show; CNY Art Guild, Art Association of Oswego, Fulton Art Association, Salmon River Art Association
NATIONAL: My work has also been juried into numerous National and International competitions sponsored by the National Oil and Acryic Painters Society (NOAPS), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP). I have been awarded SIGNATURE MEMBERSHIP in ISAP. I have also participated in a number of invitational shows and have had numerous solo shows.
American Impressionist Society (AIS)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Sciety (NOAPS)
International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) Signature Member
CNY Art Guild