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A Little About Me

 Painting in Italy (2013)


I am from Northern Virginia, brought up in a household where creativity has always been encouraged. I developed artistic interests at an early age. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in 1992. At that time, I experimented with many mediums. After graduation, after being required to work mostly with oils, I was able to follow my instincts more, drawing closer to watercolors.







Painting en plein air  near my family home in Virginia  (1991)






Family priorities resulted in a hiatus that lasted for some years. I approached the Arts again in 2010.I strive to explore the limitless possibilities watercolor painting offers and delight in the endless effects that can be produced. I paint a variety of subject matter, plein air, from life or from photos. What I find most stimulating are the seemingly commonplace moments or scenes that are often overlooked. I try to convey concepts by shaping and arranging the different creative layers the medium offers.


At the present, I live in Rome, Italy with my husband and two daughters.


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