"Decisions, Dedcisions", 2nd place award in the Dunedin Fine Art Center's juried exhibit.

Biography

Originally from the Cincinnati, Ohio area, I migrated to Tampa Bay almost 30 years ago. After raising our daughters and my 60th birthday, I started my second act of painting with acrylics on canvas. I’m enjoying the process as much as the conceptualization. 


My journey was covered in Creative Loafing Tampa, the Dunedin Fine Art Center ARTIFACTS magazine, and on Chat City Podcast. I was also interviewed about a painting I created for a t-shirt on WKRC “Good Morning Cincinnati.” I have exhibited and won awards, in juried and regional shows, and my artwork is in private collections both locally and abroad. 


My inspiration embodies a heightened urgency: to capture the exquisite beauty that surrounds us, and to create pieces which spark advocacy in child welfare and ocean conservation, particularly sea turtle conservancy. By coaxing layer upon layer of paint and textures to depict the synergy of patterns and colors, I am able to record the interplay inherent in nature and capture the emotion in human interactions before they vanish. Each idea thread is woven together, as in a tapestry, and I seek to to highlight the strength of the whole, while recognizing individualism. 


We know that visual messages have a far greater impact than words alone. New messages will emerge for visual understanding, depth, and truth. The artist, as a messenger, has a unique responsibility to invite interpretation, empowerment, respect —and action. I believe my vibrant artwork has great potential in a time of 24-hour images and 30-second reactions to document the fragility of life and its resilient connectedness, and remind us of the universal thread that connects every living thing. 

ABOUT THE FIONA PAINTING

My granddaughter was a 3 lb. preemie, so I have a soft spot for premature babies. I had followed the Cincinnati Zoo's premature hippo Fiona's story since her birth, and was inspired to paint Fiona celebrating her milestone birthday. The bright, happy colors and celebratory birthday hat convey the optimism felt for Fiona's future. Click on the link below to see my appearance on Local 12 WKRC "Good Morning Cincinnati". 

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MEMBER OF THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF VISUAL ARTISTS


2018

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - “Big Eyes”

Penny Lane Beatles Museum, Dunedin, FL - “Beatles Era Art Festival”

Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin, FL - “Art To The Rescue”

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - "#SMF"

The Birchwood, St. Petersburg, FL “Art Ties Us” -Top Ten Artist (8th)

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - “Souvenir”

Tampa Regional Artists, Tampa, FL - “Fin, Fur, and Feathers”

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - “Me and My Shadowbox”

Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin, FL - “Words That Inspire” -Honorable Mention

Industrious, Tampa, FL - “Solo Show”, Fringe Art Show

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - “You Are What You Eat” -2nd Place

Tampa Regional Artist, Tampa, FL - Landscapes, Seascapes, Skyscapes” -Honorable  Mention

Osceola Gallery, Clearwater, FL - “Professional Association of Visual Artists”

M. Chapel Projects/SPAACES, Sarasota, FL - “La Salon Tout Inclus”

Five Labs, Tampa, FL - “Fringe Art Show”

Westshore Plaza Pop Up, Tampa, FL - “Florida In Art”

Pinewoods Gallery at Creative Pinellas, Largo, FL - Professional Association of Visual Artists  “Annual Holiday Exhibit” -4th Place Popular Vote

Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin, FL - Professional Association of Visual Artists

“Members’s Exhibit”


2019

Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin, FL - “Six Chix”

Aging Well Center at The Long Center, Clearwater, FL - “Solo Show” Professional  Association of Visual Artists

My Favorite Art Place, Sundial, St. Petersburg, FL - Featured Artist

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - "#SMF"

Duke Energy Center For The Arts/Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL - “Summer  Exhibit" for Galleria Misto

Tampa Regional Artist, Tampa, FL - “Interiors” -Second Place

Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL - “Paint By Numbers”

Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL - “Cats Vs. Dogs”

Duke Energy Center For The Arts/Mahaffey Theater - Featured Artist -September/ October for Galleria Misto

Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, Dunedin, FL - “Really Big Show”

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - “Hue And Me” -September-Octobert 2019 -Honorable Mention

The Birchwood, St. Petersburg, FL - "Art Ties Us" 2nd Place September-February 2020

Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, Tampa, FL-" "8th Annual Celebration of the Arts" September-May 2020

M. Chapel Projects/SPAACES, Sarasota, FL - "La Salon II"

Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL - "Shine, Shine, Shine" 

Pinewoods Gallery at Creative Pinellas, Largo, FL - Professional Association of Visual Artists "Annual Members Holiday Exhibit"

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