When I originally painted this scene, there was construction going on behind me. Lots of jackhammering and backhoe digging. I loved the scene, but the noise was a huge distraction. It was also a very traffic-y street with a red light, so I frequently had a full street of cars blocking my view. So, I did this toned down version once I got home. State Street, West Columbia, SC- a really cool part of Columbia, SC! I gotta say, Columbia is a much smaller city that Charlotte, NC but it has a much cooler vibe and is much more artsy. I like it a lot! Lots to paint here! PS- that's my car, a Honda Pilot, on the far left.
The burned out, waterfront buildings along Front Street, Georgetown, SC. I've had photos of this fire for a long time. Finally decided to paint this unusual scene. The clock tower is behind the burned buildings. I might have to make that more clear in the painting. The fire was in 2013. Painting is 16x20 oil.
A man approached me just as I was about to start painting and told me there were much better painting scenes around the corner. So… I put my stuff down and took a walk around the corner, but didn't see anything I found interesting. So, I came back to my original spot and painted. Later a woman approached to tell me the yellow house was NOT a historic house- and was I aware of this fact? She wanted to make sure I didn't think I was painting old, Charleston history…. because I wasn't! She informed me that The Yellow House was built in 2006. But the red fire station building was built in 1880's or 90's- after the big earthquake. She was very serious about her Charleston history.
Both 11x14. Winter scene in my neighborhood. The bottom ( bluer) painting was done outdoors on location. I touched it up more than this photo shows. I tried to re-paint scene with warmer colors, but still like the blue one better.
Still on the easel here. Pretty pleased with painting since I was getting bitten by red ants the whole time. I also forgot my stay- wet palette and umbrella and had to improvise. Luckily a few clouds rolled in or the sun would have been brutal. 11x14 acrylic
Beautiful spring day here in Charlotte. Fun, old buildings with lots of old farm tools. The white, clapboard house was built in 1868. Small building on the right is an old smokehouse that is about to be torn down. Acrylic 11x14
I enjoy painting landscapes and still life. I prefer to paint directly from life, not photographs. Painting directly on location, called "plein air" painting brings a whole set of challenges like weather, bugs and lugging art equipment around. But, ultimately, I think it makes me a better artist.
I paint with oils and acrylics. I like both mediums for different reasons. I like the rich color with oil paints. With acrylics, I like the fast drying and the ability to layer paint quickly.
I have always loved art and painting. Mostly self taught, I have taken numerous workshops across the US with artist that I admire. Currently I teach a weekly acrylics class at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery in Charlotte, NC.
My education background is a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Denison University (Ohio) and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Erie Community College in Williamsville NY. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com