Inspiration comes to me in the light of dawn, a glowing sunset, the gesture of a windblown tree or reflections in smooth waters.
— Debra Nadelhoffer
New ArtworkBrowse New Art
I've been busy this summer finding and painting scenes with great light. You can see part of All Aglow in the banner above. Cherry Tree in Bloom is an 8 x 10 inch painting shown above. Please click the button to browse all my new works and to see each in more detail.
Upcoming WorkshopsSee Workshop Details
I have several workshops in the next few months. Stone Mountain Plein Art Paint Out is on September 30th. I also have workshops in November and January. I hope you can make it to one of these!
Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out
The Workshop is on September 30th. On October 1st, I will be judging the paint-out. Open to all. Call Erin at the Art Station at 770-469-1105 to sign up.
Workshop Oils and Pastels
Please join us for a 3 day workshop at the North Gwinnett Arts Association. See www.ngaa4arts.com or call 678-878-2818 to sign up.
Quinlin Art Center
After Christmas relaxer! Come join us for fun. Contact Margaret or Paula, with the the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, at 770-536-2575 to sign up.
My journey as an artist began early. As a child, my favorite activities always involved coloring or painting. Rainy days were my favorite spent inside. I have always loved color and creating. Growing up, my father’s job transferred our family several times mostly along the coast, where I developed a love for the ocean and coastal scenes.
I majored in art in college, but married early and had to continue my art education independently mostly through books and the occasional workshop. While raising my family, I worked full time and painted in the evenings and on weekends. I first painted in watercolor for many years, but never really felt a strong connection to the medium.
There was always a need to connect, more hands on, with the medium and felt pastels were a natural step in that direction. I was president of Southeastern Pastel Society for seven years and came into contact with some wonderful and talented painters.
Painting plein air offered an opportunity to paint in oils outside, reserving my pastels for studio work. My journey led me to put aside my pastels while learning to work in oils. I found that each medium has its own special qualities and have been able to use all three to enhance my work. I never do a painting in watercolor now, but my understanding of watercolor techniques has given me tools to use in my other two mediums.
I continue to paint in oils and pastels and have found my passion painting the landscape.
As I paint, I feel a spiritual connection to the land, intuitively reacting to what I see and feel, hoping to carry home more than a technically correct painting. Through the use of field studies and photos, I easily recall the light, sounds and smells of the day which helps to create a sense of place in larger paintings.
There never seems to be an end to my education, weekly life drawing and painting on location continue to challenge me. I teach weekly classes at Chastain Art Center and conduct my own workshops a few times a year locally and along the coast.
Since my youth, not much has changed. A rainy day remains an invitation to turn on some beautiful music and create at the easel.
Most recently, I have had paintings accepted into OPA 2016 Salon, ASMA Seventeenth National, the Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Pastel Society 17th International, American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition, WPSE Fifth Annual Exhibition 2016, American Society of Marine Artists Regional and National, the American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition and one into Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL in October.
Festivals and Expositions
I am an invited artist in the Olmstead Plein Air Paintout in Atlanta, GA 2016, I was invited to participate in the 2015 Door County Plein Air Festival, was an exhibiting artist at Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC in 2014, 2015 and 2016. I think we all have a bucket list and one of the things on my list was to be an Artist in Residence (AIR) in Acadia National Park.
I was awarded the AIR in 2012 and painted in the park for 2 weeks in the fall.
Associations and Memberships
I have recently been accepted as a Signature Member of ASMA, I am currently a member of American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, a master signature member of Women Painters of the Southeast, and a signature member of Southeastern Pastel Society.