I’m a figurative and narrative painter, living in Maine. I primarily paint people and animals and have a genuine interest in diverse cultures. There’s often a depth and a lightness to my work. I’m also a filmmaker. Within both mediums, I love to tell a soulful tale.
My need to express myself and the desire to see beyond the surface is something I remember feeling from early on. I’m primarily interested in painting people and animals – figurative and narrative work. 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 add to the storytelling. There’s often a depth and a lightness to my work. As much as my work is strongly connected to Maine, I have a natural affinity for different cultures and different places. I love finding unique qualities; ones that I can play with that show boldness and strength. Overall, I paint who and what speaks to me at the time. It’s an intuitive process I’ve learned to trust.
Born and raised in Maine, 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.