I create artwork that values our human connection to the landscape. My current work reflects my interest in painting the landscape of my daily experience: the fields and meadows of central Virginia, views to the distant Blue Ridge Mountains from my hilltop neighborhood, and the way trees mark the passing of time in my own backyard.
My large paintings are constructed from small studies that are part of my regular studio practice. While some are the result of direct observation, others are realized through layers of memory and invention. I’m interested in exploring the “Spirit of Place” of our shared landscape, as well as the private inner landscape of my own experience. Color, shape, and mark fall in service to the perception of an emotional presence in the land that is both highly personal and universally human. I am responding to observed phenomenon, both visual and felt, building a painted surface that reflects an experience of seeing and feeling over time. The landscape painting becomes a mirror into our own histories, reveries, and associations.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia and continued on at UVA as an Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Studio Art before earning my MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to spend a summer in Perugia, Italy, at the Accademia de Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci, where the panoramic Mediterranean landscape took hold of my imagination.
I’m an artist, a mom, and a co-owner of Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar in Charlottesville, Virginia with my husband and two dear friends. Our travels throughout the Mediterranean have cultivated an on-going passion for the food, wine, landscapes, and culture of this region. Whether I am cooking for my family with local produce at home, or sharing a special meal while traveling abroad, I cherish the connections between landscape, culture, and family that shape our food traditions, our sense of place, and our feelings of belonging.
My collection of Mediterranean landscape paintings is currently on display at Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar in Charlottesville, VA.