Painting the Invisible
My goal is to express on canvas the beauty that I see everyday and the joy I feel when
painting. It seems I’m always striving to paint the invisible…those memorable and
touching “Moments in Time” that each of us carries in our heart. I also enjoy pen and
ink and water color and have recently completed my third set of Greeting and All
Occasion cards plus a five print series all themed around the Chesapeake Bay and
My sister Annie, a professional
artist in Vero Beach, FL, gave
me my first painting lesson on
Aug. 20, 2000 and encouraged
me to begin this journey. A year
later I began painting full time
at the Yellow Barn Studio with
Walt Bartman. His teaching
opened for me a whole new
world of light and color and
seeing things once again for
the first time.
Since then, studying with
Cedric and Joanette Eglie,
John Ebersberger (all students
of Henry Hensche, founder of
the Cape Cod School) and Don
Shali (last apprentice to
Russian Impressionist Sergi
Bongart) has given me a
broader knowledge and
understanding of color theory
and it’s application.
I live in Arnold Maryland and enjoy both plein air and studio painting. I love painting
“relationships” between children and families, beach scenes and water reflections; the
sunrise and sunset and anything to do with nature, flowers, sand and water.
- 2005 my One Woman Show, Chesapeake Landscapes, was covered in the
Washington Post, Best Picks for the week.
- I was affiliated with Gallery 1683 Main St, Annapolis, MD until it closed Oct, 2009
- 2005 My painting of Beautiful Annapolis Harbor was chosen to be used for the cover
of the New Annapolitans cookbook, Comings and Goings. This cookbook was printed
in 2006 and is now in its 4th edition. I also did all the pen and ink illustrations in the
book. All profits from this book were donated to charities helping women and children
in our area. I’m proud to say that to date $20,000.00 from cookbook and card sales
have been donated to local charities helping women and children.
- 2006 being juried into the Easton Plein Air Competition was a real highlight. Fifty
artists chosen from all over the United States came to Easton, MD for a one week
- 2007 I created a series of pen and ink note cards depicting scenes of and around the
Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis City for my website.
- 2008 I had the opportunity to meet my most famous patron, John Travolta. He
purchased three paintings, all of children at play, for his yacht. He also owns a fourth
painting, Mother and Child. That same year, my largest painting, Severn Sunset, was
purchased by Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, for his yacht.
- Aug.,2008 - featured artist for Annapolis Art Walk on the cover of the Entertainment
Section of The Capital newspaper
- 2009 I created a series of color notecards that can be purchased from my website:
- 2010 I wrote and illustrated a book called “Thinking About Lent” which accompanied
my One Woman Show. This book includes my poetry, photography and paintings.
Phillip Ratner Museum and Gallery, Bethesda, MD Scheduled for 2/2014
Life on the Chesapeake Art Show: The James A. Michener Centennial 2007,
Easton Plein Air Competition 2006,
Under the Influence Don Sahli’s Mountain Studio, Colorado Springs, CO.,May, 2005
Yellow Barn Members Show 2001, ’02, ’03, ’04
One Woman Shows:
Yellow Barn Gallery 2002,
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Gallery 2004, 2007, 2010