I reside with my husband on a hill surrounded by the mountains of central Virginia. The gentle slopes of the Shenandoah seem to rise from our backyard, but when I assemble my thoughts for painting, it is ever the mercurial and dramatic skies that command my attention. In my cloudscapes, I work from memory, rather than from photographs or even en plein air, because I carry with me the enchantment and inspiration of the natural world, day and night.
Grounded for many years in a style of traditional realism, today my paintings navigate between reality and interpreted vision, creating impressionistic scenes of subtle tension. My approach is both spontaneous and controlled, where quick brushwork, granulated washes, and manipulated light are countered by passages of precise rendering. It is my goal to express my feelings—to interpret, rather than record; to inspire, rather than simply remind. Evoking the essence of the familiar, I seek to transport the viewer to a heightened appreciation of ephemeral moments in time.