I’m a figurative and narrative painter, living in Maine. I primarily paint people and animals and have a genuine interest in diverse cultures. My need to express myself and the desire to see beyond the surface is something I remember feeling from early on. What compels me is what’s going on inside my subject and how honestly I can convey that emotion. My sensitivity to their environment plays a role in the mood of the piece as well. Revealing what’s behind the eyes, my use of composition, mixed with a touch of whimsy, all adds to the storytelling. There’s often a depth and lightness to my work. This lifelong passion to create comes from a place I do not question, as it’s filled with joy. My decision making in who and what I paint is an intuitive process I’ve learned to trust. Exploring people and places from around the world has allowed me the opportunity to paint the fascinating people I’ve met.
As a proud Mainer, my work also represents people who live near the sea and the gorgeous surroundings in my home state. Presently, I’m working on a Native American project, “Blood Sisters and Brothers,” that was inspired by my childhood friend from the Penobscot Nation in Maine. Part of the sales proceeds will go to the Penobscot Nation Youth Program. My aim is to show the beauty, the boldness, and the soul in each of my subjects. It’s a privilege to shine a well deserved light.
I’ve been drawing and making art since early childhood. I attended RISD’s summer session and received a BFA from the Maine College of Art and a BS in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. I taught art for several years and then followed my passion for filmmaking. After my studies with Maine Media Workshops, I founded Wonder Dog Films in 2003. My films have received various honors in the US and abroad. Both painting and filmmaking allow me to tell the soulful stories I want to tell. I’m back to painting every day again and developing my body of work. I feel alive when I paint. I live near the ocean in southern Maine, creating in my home studio, surrounded by a surplus of light. I am represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound, on Mount Desert Island in Maine.