Watercolor/ Egg Tempera Painting
My paintings are meant to trigger daydreams. They are a response to quiet moments spent in nature's grasp. Recalling a familiar feeling of place they, at the same time, show the viewer a more intimate, exaggerated perspective. I call it a bug's eye view. Through my work I try to evoke a refreshing response to the commonplace. To best evolve creatively I immerse myself in a particular subject. Becoming at one with the total environment, I engage all my senses, rejoicing in the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of a given place. As a result, my watercolors, and now egg temperas, have traveled through a variety of subject themes: from flowers, to birch, to the Alaskan tundra, from the ocean's edge, upstream to the Arizona desert. Whether it be pond lilies, rocks, or cactus I take a subject and crawl inside, exploring all aspects of pattern and shape.
My painting style merges the spontaneous inspiration from painting Plein air with an intuitive fascination with detail, creating a distinctive style of realism infused with energy.
1970-1978 Private Study, Louise P. Slayden, Old Saybrook, CT 1974-1976 Watkinson School, Hartford, CT (high school diploma) 1974-1976 University of Hartford, Selected Courses 1976-1978 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 1978–1980 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (B.F.A.) 1983-1984 University of Hartford, Graduate Courses
1981-1991 Arts Exclusive Gallery, Avon, CT 1985-1993 Tree's Place, Orleans, MA 1989 Asao Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA 1991-1992 Tatler/Wexford Galleries, Hilton Head, SC 1991-1997 Studio Gallery, Bloomfield, CTÂ 1993-1994 Carrier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1994-1996 Damarin Gallery, Wiscasset, ME 1996-1997 Hartford Framing Gallery, East Hartford CT 1998-1999 Tofias Gallery, Waltham, MA 1996-2005 Sea Lion Gallery, Homer, AK 1997-2009 State Of The Arts, Hartford, CT 1997-2000 Studio Gallery, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon CT 2000-present Home Studio/Gallery, Granby, CT 2002-2011 Jennifer Galleries, Ltd, Avon CT 2002-2012 J. Vallee Brunelle Fine Art, Granby, CT 2004-2013 Trees Place, Orleans MA 2005-present Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and Camden, ME 2008- 2009 Left Bank Gallery, Essex CT 2010-2013 Gallery North Star, Grafton, VT
1977 Syracuse University: Most Promising Freshman Artist 1979 University of Connecticut: Witryol Award / Studio Art 1980 University of Connecticut: Snow Award for Watercolor 1983 Connecticut Watercolor Society: First Place 1991 Connecticut Women Artists: Mechanics Bank Award 1992 Wintonbury Art League: Watercolor Award 1996 Connecticut Watercolor Society: Second Place 2006,08,09,11,12,13 Granby Land Trust Awards 2007 Connecticut Plein Air Painters, Honorable Mention 2013 CT Watercolor Society: First Place 2014 E.Granby Library Juried Show : First Place Watercolor
RECENT SHOWS 2006 Seven Egg Tempera Masters, Trees Place Orleans MA 2006-2013 Granby Land Trust Juried Show, Granby CT 2007 Lay of the Land, Three Visions of New England, Bayview Gallery, Brunswick ME 2007-08,09,10 , CT Plein Air Painters Annual Exhibition, E. Hartford CT 2007,10 New Britain Museum of American Art Group Show 2009, Her Mark: Paintings by our Women Artists, Bayview Gallery 2010- Long and Lean, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic CT 2010-On Holiday, Lyme Art Assoc. Old Lyme C 2011-Eden Poetic Realism100 Pearl Gallery, Hartford CT 2013 -One person show Lost Acres Vineyard
SELECTED CORPORATE/PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Aetna Life and Casualty American Nuclear Insurers Connecticut Bank and Trust Connecticut General/CIGNA Connecticut National Bank Connecticut Mutual Insurance Danaher, O'Connell, Attmore, Tedford and Flaherty PC Covenant Life Insurance Co. Day, Berry and Howard Farmington Savings Bank Hartford Hospital Home Bank and Trust Hunt and Leibert Kaiser Permanente Kidder Peabody & Co Otis Elevator Peoples Savings Bank Robinson and Cole Ryan and White Scoler's Restaurant Shawmut Bank Simsbury Public Library Stanadyne Inc Travelers Insurance, Holiday Card United Bank United Technologies Corporate The Watkinson School
1983-present Connecticut Watercolor Society 1993-1999 Connecticut Woman Artists 2002-present Granby Artists Association 2007-present Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, Elected Artist 2009- present Avon Arts Association 2010- present Lyme Art Association
1984-1985 Creative Arts Advisory Board, Watkinson School 1985-2001 Board Member, Connecticut Watercolor Society 1986-1987 Vice President, Connecticut Watercolor Society 1988-1994 Alumni Recognition Board, Watkinson School 1997-2001Secretary, Connecticut Watercolor Society 2003-2005 Webmaster Granby Artists Association 2006-2007 President Granby Artists Association 2008-2012 Board Member, CT Plein Air Painters So.
2009-2012 Treasurer and Membership chair CPAPS 2010 Juror, Connecticut Watercolor Society, Members Show