I paint the world of Romantic Landscapes with personal expression enveloping a style of peace to all who dare venture the dusty paths.
I love living and working from my studio in Washington State amid the lush gardens, dramatic sea, serene sound, and mountain landscapes. This visual pleasure inspires me with memories of England's rolling green, vivid sea and mountainous Lake District to the inviting quaint historic villages and private estates. A number of my paintings are set in these locations from the classic Tudor style home in “Vibrant Day in Devon” to the “Garden Conservatory at Ripley Castle in Yorkshire”.
With a free flowing style that moves between a traditional style and impressionism, I have been classified as a Romantic Impressionist. A few years ago, I was blessed to indulge in an eight-month stay and study of the English Countryside, one that I still draw on for inspiration. A recent visit to Germany and Austria has brought new commissions. The historic Hunters Castle (Schloss Mittersill) and other landscapes of Europe, the Pacific NW and America the Beautiful can be found in my online Art Gallery; where I offer my experience of these venues through the impressionist tradition, in tones that are subtle yet vibrant with fresh color and inviting movement.
My love of art, paralleling seventeen years as a professional interior designer led me to the inevitable career of painting. Many years of working in design have enhanced an understanding for the necessity for works of art in our lives, both for the aesthetics of our surroundings and for appreciating life’s expression. Having worked exclusively on custom interior design projects, I have a keen understanding of the value that commissioned paintings have for a client.
After authoring my first publication, the now available, “Come Walk With Me - A Poetic Journal”; I am currently designing and illustrating two new children’s books for publication. I am also available for commissioned work. I have enjoyed working with numerous clients on their commissioned paintings throughout the United States, and I look forward to creating a personalized piece for you.
I take pleasure in sharing my love of painting and offer private lessons (beginning to advanced students). Visit my Private Lessons page for more information. Beginning January 2015, I will offer Group Lessons at the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center in Belfair, WA. You can find all the details on my Group Lessons page.
A favorite quote, "If there is any kindness or any good thing I can show to any fellow human being, then let me do it now, not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again"- Stephen Grellet