Artist Statement and Bio
I am a self taught artist who works out of my La Bella Luce Studio in Poughquag, New York. La Bella Luce translated means beautiful light in Italian. And that sums up perfectly one of the things that I love about my favorite medium of watercolor.....the light. Although, primarily self taught I have worked with sought after watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet, whose style has strongly influenced my work. I am constantly reading, experimenting and teaching others. I find that I learn the most when I am helping others!
Working en pleir has now become a passion of mine and I have been known to drop everything, wherever I may be, and whip out my little watercolor box and fire out a sketch. Who doesn't keep a paintbox and sketchbook in their purse?
I love working with the quickly changing light and in challenging elements. And it's really exciting to me when I am able to capture that sense of urgency in a painting when I may be "loosing the light" or conditions rapidly change.
I teach painting classes, and offer online workshops and art journaling for self discovery through my Wild at HeArt website.
My work can be found in private collections world-wide.
I'm a single mom, raising and homeschooling my 16 year old son in Poughquag, NY. We live with a Border Collie, Tess and two cats, Edward and Natalie.
I love color and I love watercolor. Watercolor holds an absolute fascination for me. I love how the colors can be pushed around the paper and when allowed to mingle together create wonderful effects as no other medium can do.
My watercolor paint box is like a small box of jewels that have the potential to produce a visual and emotional experience of a moment in time. With the use of color and bold brush strokes I wish to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer and transport them into the painting whether it be through the artfully painted soulful eye of a horse or dog or by eliciting a feeling of being in the forest experiencing a sublime moment. I want the eye to linger and explore the gestures, brushstrokes and colors used to create a piece that when brought together culminate in producing what I visualized in my mind’s eye.
I have progressed from producing hyper realistic artwork to where I am now- a painterly, confident approach to a subject that captures the mood, atmosphere and emotion of the moment.
Shows & Exhibitions
July 2012-August 2012- Front Street Gallery
May 2012- Maplebrook Art Show
August 2011- October 2011- McKinny & Doyle Restaurant, Pawling, NY
June- August 2011- Rockwell Gallery, Ridgefield,Ct
May 2011 - Maplebrook Art Show, Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY
April 2011- Front Street Gallery ArtWorks Show
Art Marketing Woerkshops - 2012/13/14
Running For Glory- FASO Bold Brush Finalist 2013
Jump! -Fine Art Views Bold Brush Competition Finalist –September 2010
Border Collie Joy- 2010 Canine Art Guild’s Helping Paws Peoples Choice Award First Place
Juried into the prestigious Art at the Dog Show, 2008-2009-2010
Featured Artist at HITS (Horse SHow in the Sun) Invitational Equine Art Gala
Collection ~Cover of The Chronicle of the Horse for March 2011
2010 See/Hear John Kane House, Pawling, N.Y,
2009 Slide Slam, Pawling, N.Y.
La Cadeau du Cheval (The Horse Gift) Mural. This is a collaborative effort involving artists from around the world. The unveiling was on September 3, 2008 at the “The Masters” at Spruce Meadows in Alberta, Canada. The mural stands 3 stories tall and is currently on tour. I painted panel 156.
The Unveiling of the Mural
My panel at La Cadeau du Cheval- Shall We Dance