About the Artist
Artist Statement and Bio
I am a self taught artist who works out of my home studio in Poughquag, New York. Working in the water medias of watercolor and acrylic her subjects range from horses to dogs to landscapes, my work can be found in private collections world-wide. Although primarily self taught I have worked with sought after watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet, whose style has strongly influenced my work.
Like so many of us my heart is deeply connected to horses. This has naturally led me into creating a life around them as a trainer, riding instructor and painter. My many years of dedicated work as a trainer/rider and, always, student of the horse has given me an extensive working knowledge of rider and equine biomechanics, movement, behavior and anatomy and that has enabled me to create equine art that appeals not only to the art collector but to the most discriminating horse person .
My specialty as a trainer is in rider and horse biomechanics while utilizing classical dressage (no rolkur spoken here- hyperflexion of the neck) to produce thinking riders and correctly developed and happy horses. I'm getting read to launch my new training/riding website for the heart-centered equestrian. To learn more please sign up at this link and I'll notify you the moment the website goes live! CLick here to sign up! Epona Ventures
My dog knowledge is wide and varied as well. I spent many years devoted to my studies in canine holistic nutrition and health, canine movement and biomechanics, genetics and performance. I was a breeder of Champion Golden Retrievers and have lifelong experience as a trainer/handler and have titled various other breeds of dogs in performance venues. I now have a passion for Border Collies. All of this experience comes together to produce dog and horse art that not only comes from the heart but connects to the viewer on a soulful and emotional level.
I'm a single mom, raising and homeschooling my 15 year old son in Poughquag, NY. We live with a Border Collie, Tess and two cats, Edward and Natalie.
Epona -Pan-Celtic) [ey-PONE-ah, AY-paw-nah or Ay-PAWN-nuh] "Divine Horse"; "The Great Mare"; Goddess of horses; Mother Goddess. Fertility, maternity, protectress of horses and dogs, prosperity, dogs, healing, springs, crops.
I love color and I love the water medias of watercolor and acrylic. Watercolor, in particular, holds a fascination for me. I love how the colors can be pushed around the paper and when allowed to mingle together create wonderful effects as only watercolor can do.
My watercolor box 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