I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
of Virginia in the heart of horse and foxhunting country.
Art in one form or another has always been
close at hand in my life. I am largely self taught and characterize my style as
realistic. Drawing from the moment I
could hold a pencil, my favorite subjects were horses or dogs, and plenty of
My love of art continued on throughout my
high school years, and I was able to experiment with a variety of mediums
including sculpture, but always was drawn back to painting, colored pencils, pastels and oils in
Once out of school and now pursuing a much dreamed of
career as a horse trainer, I was able to continue to use my artistic talents by
doing equine portraiture in oils. Working so closely with these magnificent
animals, enabled me to develop an ease at capturing their expressions on
canvas. It wasn't long before I was commissioned to paint several portraits of
Olympic team horses at the United States Equestrian Team headquarters in
Gladstone, N.J., which was also where I was working at the time.
Years later, I find myself working more exclusively in
colored pencils and pastels, their rich pigments and tactile form being a good fit for the style in
which my painting has evolved.
My work is noted for its realism, attention to detail and
emotional impact. Though I characterize
myself as mostly an equine or canine artist, I also enjoy painting wildlife as well. My ability to capture the unique qualities of each
commissioned portrait has become a hallmark of my work, which has endeared my
pieces to those who own them.
Always in search of ways to improve my artistic
abilities, I have taken several week long workshops offered by The American
Academy of Equine Art, studying with renowned sculptors Kathleen Friedenberg, Karen
Kasper and oil painting artist, Barbara Oelke. Several of my original equine
sculptures were reproduced in resin for a model horse company.
My artistic goal is to capture the equine or canine image
with vivid emotion and expressiveness. My love of animals is very evident in
each piece I create. I can never imagine
my life without animals or my art. It would be like not breathing.