This was my dad's first childhood home in Pittsburgh. He tells me it was a status symbol to have an awning over your front porch. They were very proud to have the only awning on the whole street! My dad lived here in the 1940's and were fortunate to eventually move to a lovely brick ranch in the suburbs.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org