I am a pastel painter living in Rhode Island. I began painting in 2016 after a long career as an entrepreneur, consultant, and professor. After leaving my full-time position, I decided to take an art class, and chose pastel for its immediacy and purity of color.  This was a lucky choice; it drew me in, and has kept me enthralled.


From the start I have resisted painting one thing. I have a lot of interests, and have lived in and traveled to many places, and I find inspiration in it all.  I simply paint what I love, and what intrigues me. But I think a closer look reveals some core elements that I try to achieve in my work, and what attracts me to paint something, regardless of subject:  a sense of energy and action; emotion, even intimacy; complexity and geometry; a narrative quality; and of course, vibrant color and reflective light.  The diversity of subject is more a feature of my working dynamic: I tend to move back and forth between more complex subject matter such as restaurant scenes and more focused subjects such as the the ocean--between tension and rest. But always the search for energy and emotion is there. I see the animate in the inanimate; to me, everything is alive.

I am a juried Associate member of the Pastel Society of America, and juried Artist Member of Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. I teach pastel painting at South County Art Association, Jamestown Art Center, and in my home studio.



PhD, University of Pennsylvania

MA, University of Massachusetts/Boston

BA, University of Rhode Island

Diploma, Professional Chef, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts



Juried Entry Shows


1st Associates and NonMember Show, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe  Art Club, 2020

Marks of Disstinction National Show, Central Mass Pastel Society, 2020

For Pastels Only National Show, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2020

CT Pastel Society Juried Members Show, 2020

Arizona Pastel Artistts Assocation Open National Show, Sedona     Arts Center, 2020

Pastel Society of the West Coast Members Only Juried Show,         2020

Art of the Ocean State, Wickford Art Association, 2020

Art for All, First Gallery Night Providence Regional Show, Sprout    Galleries, Providence, RI, 2020

March Into Art, Wickford Art Association, 2020-2 pieces

26th Annual Rennaisance in Pastel, Pastel Society of                      Connecticut National Exhibit, Slater Art Museum, Norwalk, CT,    2019

All Hands on Deck, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI, 2019

Drawing and Pastel Exhibition, National Association of Women      Artists, 2019

33rd Annual Pastels USA International Exhibit,  Pastel Society of     the West Coast, Haggin Museum, 2019

Northeast National Pastel Exhibit, 2019-2 pieces

7th Annual Poetry and Art, Wickford Art Association, 2019

What's Left, South County Art Association All Media Exhibit,            2019

Art of the Ocean State, Wickford Art Association, 2019

26th Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibit, Artists' Cooperative          Gallery of Westerly, 2019

Anything Goes, Wickford Art Association, 2019-2 pieces

Open Juried Print, Paint, and Drawing Annual, South County Art    Association, 2019-2 pieces

Appetitite for Art, Wickford Art Association, 2019

PGE Open Online Show, Pastel Guild of Europe, 2018

14th Annual It's Pastel!  National Exhibit Pastel Society of New        Hampshire, 2018

Pastels on High, Sierra Pastel Society Biennual International,          2018

Plein Air Plus Paint Out and Island Life Exhibition, Long Beach        Island Foundation, 2018

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, View Arts Center, 2018

Newport Annual Juried Show , Newport Art Museum,  2018

Arizona Pastel Artists Association Open International, 2018

Transformations, South County Art Association Open All Media,    2018

Art of the Ocean State, Wickford Art Association, 2018

Figure it Out, Wickford Art Association, 2018-2 pieces

Memory, Mystic Museum of Art, 2018

Landscapes, Real and Imagined, Wickford Art Association 2018-

  2 pieces

Cooler/Warmer, Wickford Art Association, 2017-2 pieces

Elements, South County Art Association, 2017-2 pieces

Rock, Paper, Paint, Wickford Art Association, 2017-

  2 pieces

Untitled Open Show, South County Art Association, 2017




Member Shows (and others juried for awards only)

29th Annual Fakes and Forgeries, Spring Bull Gallery, 2020

Members' Invitational Group Show, South County Art                      Association, 2019

The Artists Eye, Monday's Palette Plein Air Group. Spring Bull        Gallery, 2019

Mystic Art Museum Members Show, 2019

The Value of Green, Conanicut Island Art Association, 2019-2        pieces

28th Annual Fakes and Forgeries, Spring Bull Gallery, 2019

Burnt Sienna, Conancicut Island Art Association, 2018

Sky Above, Earth Below, Conancicut Island Art Associaition,         2018 

Sounth County Art Association Artist Member Show, 2018, 2019

Wickford Art Association Member Show, 2017, 2018

Jamestown Art Center, 2017, 2018

Images of Conanicut, Conanicut Island Art Association, 2017-

  3 pieces

Touch of Autumn, Conanicut Island Art Association, 2017-

  2 pieces

Conancicut Island Member Show, 2017, 2018

Attleboro Arts Museum Member Show, 2017



Events and Fundraisers

Spring Bull Gallery Les Petite Overes, 2018

Wickford Art Association Little Picture  Show, 2017, 2018, 2019

South County Art Association, Holiday Show, 2017

Conancicut Island Art Association, A Gift of Art, 2017

South County Art Association, Art Heist, 2017, 2018, 2019



2nd Place, "Kinney in Bloom," March Into Art, Wickford Art              Assocation, 2020

Winner, UArt Winter Competition, 2020

1st Place, Quick Draw, "Breaking,"Long Beach Island Plein Air         Festival, 2019

Best in Show, "Neck Road II," The Value of Green, Conanicut          Island Art Association, 2019

1st Place, "Dia de los Muertos," Transformations, South County      Art Association, 2018

Honorable Mention, "Dia de los Muertos," Pastel Guild of                Europe Open Online Show, 2018

Honorable Mention, “Spirits in the Sky,” South County Art               Association Members Show 2017

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