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  1. A Pink, Creeping Feline on a Pedestal

    15 Oct 2021
    My work focuses on objects in space and how they interact with the living. In this painting, a tomb-like structure, muted in color but in high contrast, frames the figurative scene within. Three women occupy this space: one in the foreground, painted with soft edges and the same low-chroma palette…

  2. 2021-2022 Collectors Price

    13 Oct 2021
    My artwork is priced based on linear inch, which works out to length plus width multiplied by a dollar amount depending on materials                                ON PAPER.                                                ON CANVAS OR BOARD OIL                         $10 x linear inch                                      $12 x linear inch ACRYLIC             $8 x linear inch                                        $10 x linear inch CHARCOAL       $5 x…

  3. My Adventurous Momento

    23 Apr 2021
    Traveling and painting: two of my favorite activities.  It’s true that I paint landscapes, but the ones painted en plein air leave the biggest impact. To sit outdoors with my pochade travel painting box open to the sights, sounds, and smells- that’s the time when decisions speed up and all…

  4. Painting Collages

    12 Apr 2021
    Set of Four Painted Collages Magazines filled with unique photographs with a variety of graphics are ideal for collages. We have the Financial Times delivered to our house, and three weekends out of the month the glossy magazine How To Spend It is included with the paper. Basically, it’s full…

  5. Golden Ratio Challenge

    29 Mar 2021
    Lists, goals, and challenges keep me moving forward. Therefore when a fellow artist friend suggested, and continued to press, that I join the 100-day challenge on Instagram, I agreed. I really enjoyed my last Instagram challenge, #forteQchallenge, which helped to build a sense of community and got me painting about…

  6. Neel’s Son Hartley: Master Portrait Study

    19 Feb 2021
    Alice NeelHartley1966oil on canvas National Gallery of Art USA . OBSERVATIONS + IMPRESSIONS Some of the notes I had jotted down while painting: “His left eyebrow.” “Cocky.” “Super thin body, lounging back in the chair.” Hartley leans back in the chair so that his torso is slightly curled inward, his…

  7. Master Family Portrait series: Cezanne’s Uncle Dominique as a Monk

    15 Jan 2021
    OBSERVATIONS + IMPRESSIONS This portrait of a severe-looking man with arms crossed and furrowed brows is actually a portrait of a family member playfully dressed-up as a monk. Cezanne completed many portraits of his uncle in various characters, and this is just one. In it, the background is cool green…

  8. Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Project: Documenting Spaces During Times of Transition

    02 Dec 2020
    “I choose the rooms that I live in with care.” In this song, Leonard Cohen describes a simple space: small windows, a bed, and bare walls. These plain words do well to describe the narrator’s state of mind.  This I’ve always felt: that our environment has the power to both…

  9. #ArtistSupportPledge

    11 Jun 2020
    I’ve decided to participate in #ArtistSupportPledge!  The stay at home orders have disrupted many people’s livelihoods, including mine. I wear two hats professionally: (1) a painter who sells artwork and teaches drawing and painting classes and (2) a program administrator and teacher for Plop! Creative Art. Both have screeched to…

  10. Cherry Hill Artist-in-Residence 2019

    27 Sep 2019
    As part of Perkins Center for the Arts’ Community Partnership Spring 2019, I served as an artist-in-residence at Copper and Woodcrest Elementary in Cherry Hill. The residency was an 8-week program that introduced eight kindergarten classrooms to a new art concept each week. Students then used a variety of materials…

  11. Drawing From Life: A Focus on the Self

    30 Aug 2019
    Blue Self-Portrait 12x9 inch charcoal and acrylic on bristol 2019 I’ve completed my yearlong research to make portraits from life. This project stemmed from my experience painting 25 family portraits from photos for the Exhibition and Collaborative Fellowship at Community Arts Center last Summer 2018. I saw the clear advantages…

  12. Collections Review 2018 Part 3: From Reference Photo

    02 Jan 2019
    This is part 3 of 3 posts showcasing the 33 artworks that entered collections of friends, family and art-lovers this 2018. These twelve drawings and paintings included here were completed from reference photos, most of which were taken by me. Thanks and onto the Collection Review! SACRAMENTO VALLEY 8x10” ACRYLIC

  13. Collections Review 2018 Part 2: From Life

    02 Jan 2019
    This is part 2 of 3 posts showcasing the 33 artworks that entered collections of friends, family and art-lovers this 2018. These eleven drawings and paintings included here were completed in one or two sittings from life, not reference photos. Thanks and onto the Collection Review!  FRANKLIN INSTITUTE STEPS PLEIN

  14. Collection Review 2018- Part 1: Portraits

    31 Dec 2018
    This is part 1 of 3 posts showcasing the 33 artworks that entered collections of friends, family and art-lovers this 2018. The ten paintings included here are portraits painted of people or animals from reference photographs I took or provided by the client. Thanks and onto the Collection Review!  Shalom…

  15. Community Arts Center Exhibition and Collaborative Fellowship 2018

    01 Jul 2018
    Two years ago I set out to paint realistically. I knew I had to create many, many paintings to build my skill, so I decided to choose a subject that was meaningful to me. So I chose my family EXHIBIT Tree portrait is the third portrait I painted but it…

  16. Painting Family With a Story

    28 Feb 2018
    A new opportunity has sparked a change with how I think about and paint my family portraits. Let me give some context. This Summer 2018 I’ll be participating in the Collaboration and Exhibition Fellowship at the Community Art Center in Wallingford, PA alongside Philadelphia printmaker and teaching artist Martha Knox. …

  17. December Art Challenge

    30 Dec 2017
    The last month of 2017 brought an impromptu art challenge that was so exciting to work through and that pushed me to produce work I’m proud of. The ten day challenge: one acrylic painting in one session without using any black paint. You know what? I painted eleven Sometimes when…

  18. Holiday Art Sale Success

    29 Dec 2017
    December is holiday season and marks the end of a year and the longest of nights- but this December also ushered in my first Holiday Painting Sale! I’m so glad that each special painting is in a good home. I’ll say a few words farewell to each of them!  OCNJ…

  19. RollerCoaster Politics + The Role of Art

    15 Nov 2017
    A guest and Sonya Clark (right) during the performance of Unraveling, Saturday, 11.4.17. (c) Jenny Graham-Hougah Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosted a forum on Art and the Election 11.3.17. I was attracted to this artist talk because I, too, have been wondering “What is the role and responsibility

  20. Outdoor Painting Is Easy and Cheap

    27 Aug 2017
    The magazine Plein Air Painting boasts of being the most circulated artist magazine in the world. At first I was shocked that Artforum or Art News, which publish articles about museum and contemporary gallery shows, did not lead the art publishing market. But now I totally understand why Plein Air…

  21. An Extended Look

    02 May 2017
    Practice makes better. That phrase gets me through the painting phase when each part of the painting doesn’t work and I’m totally frustrated. Each mark I make is a learning experience, and I know I can always paint over it. I figure by painting many portraits from photos I will…

  22. New Family Album

    23 Nov 2016
    I’m creating a family album, but instead of photographs it’s of drawings.  I’ve been scrolling through my pictures and am picking out a select few that make the cut.  I just finished a portrait of my husband, and it’s a picture of him - he’s got his hand on his…

  23. Charcoal Portraits: Commission Now For the Holidays

    16 Nov 2016
    If you’re anything like me, your phone is filled photos.  I love capturing exciting events and intimate moments, and I smile when I look at these pictures.  But I rarely print any of my photos.  I’m changing all that by building a collection of portraits of the people I love,…

  24. Project Trip: Montauk NY Dusk/Dawn

    10 Oct 2016
    I was fortunate to visit Montauk NY to research for the series I’m currently working on: Dusk/Dawn.  Montauk is on the eastern tip of Long Island NY and is very pleasant in October.  The temperature is mild, the beaches are empty, and the plant-life is still in bloom Sketch from…

  25. On Becoming a Painter pt 2

    11 Sep 2016
    I’ve been developing plans for a painting career, and in the process, I realize my life has changed since I’ve become a painter.  And I’m loving it.  Here’s just a few ways Visibility.  Sharing the artwork and the process via social media, struggles included.  I’ve relished in the community…

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