About the Artist

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I am a Northern California oil painter. I paint “en plein air”
as well as studio work. I have drawn and painted my entire
life and after a lengthy career in the field of education, my
love for painting prevailed. 
    In 2004 I began taking classes and workshops from many of 
the fine artists/teachers found in the Bay Area. In 2009, I began
painting outdoors on location with instructors and discovered
the joys and challenges of  working directly from nature.
    It is the most rewarding method for me as as I feel it allows
me to spontaneously capture the colorful richness of the scene surrounding me. I now paint throughoutNorthern California, as well as around the country and in Europe.
    My favorite tool is the palette knife and I use it predominately in my work. The palette knife frees me from focussing too much upon detail and moves paint rapidly with a lively texture. It keeps my paint clean and fresh.
    In my studio, I develop large paintings from smaller plein air studies and enjoy painting still life as well.
    I reside and maintain a studio in Petaluma, California.

Art Education/Private Study
Jean Fulton Logan, watercolor classes 2004-2007
Susan Adams, watercolor, 2009-2011
Joan Hoffmann, plein-air, oils, 2008-2013
Camille Przewodek, colorist study and plein-air painting 2009-2012
Easton Art Academy Workshops, Easton, Maryland: Tim Bell, Camille Przewodek,  Ed Cooper, Valerie Craig 2012-2014
Plein Air Convention - Monterey: demos and workshops -  Randall Sexton, Kevin Macpherson, Eric Rhodes, Ray Roberts - marketing
Point Reyes Art Seminars: various painting workshops 2009 - present

Petaluma Art Council Members Show 2003-2014 
Northbay Art Studios/Gallery, Novato: Juried Holiday Show 2010
Picture Perfect Art Gallery, Petaluma: Two person show, January 2010
Pelican Art Gallery, Petaluma: "Small Works" Juried art show, 2009, 2010, 2011
At the Top Gallery, Mill Valley: Solo Show 2011
Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma: Juried Show 2011
ARTrails Open Studios: Sonoma County Juried Event 2011 - 2016
Art at the Source: Open Studio Event 2012 - 2016
Featured Artist, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club 2013
Graton Art Gallery Guest Artist 2013
Napa Valley Art Festival, Napa: Juried Show 2014
Gallery One, Petaluma: “Sonoma Scapes” exhibit 2014
Corrick’s Art Gallery, Santa Rosa - ART Trails Preview Exhibits 2013-2016
Gallery One, Petaluma ART Trails Preview Exhibits 2014 - 2016

California Art Club - Juried Exhibits 
        “Summer Dreams” 2014
        “Rural Places and Urban Spaces” 2014
        “The Spirit of Adventure” 2015
        “Scenic Vistas of the San Gabriels” 2016

Petaluma Art Council
Sonoma County Arts Council
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
California Art Club - Associate Artist
Oil Painters of America - Associate Artist

Corte-Real Gallery, Paderne, Portugal

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