I did these 2 for Julia Kay Portrait Party. I am not saying these are my best work, but it is what I did today. There are many, many wonderful portrait artists in this group. The group intimidates me and makes me stretch.
The colors I choose reflect my emotional response. I often mix colors wet on the canvas using a palette knife to define shapes. I am also fascinated with the effects of light defining areas of dark and light and blended grayed tones to suggest atmosphere. I develop my work by painting or sketching on site or from my own photographic references; then through contemplation, condensation, transformation and revelation the finished work emerges. I have shown in juried shows at Framations Gallery, Queeny Park, Art Walk in St. Charles, a curated show at Des Peres Hospital and ongoing representation at Grace Church and the Northside Artspace at the Regions Bank Building in Clayton. I am a member of Art Saint Louis, Missouri Watercolor Society, Northside Art Association and Artists of Grace. I graduated from the University of Missouri as an Art Education Major and have since taken workshops with Susan Sarback (the School of Light and Color), Mel Stabin and Frank Webb.