Self Portrait

Background

I am a contemporary realism oil painter inspired by my high school years in Europe where I visited many inspirational art galleries. While living in Delft, Holland, I observed the fantastic light that would filter into the cafes in the afternoon and evenings – the kind so aptly depicted in Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings. My Dad and I also had a lightroom for our mutual photography hobby and we would take photos walking around the beautiful countryside and town. After developing them, I wanted so desperately to learn how to paint the photos I captured in the lens. Those memories stayed with me and found a way into my art today.

I moved to Amelia Island in 2000 and in 2008 I joined the Blue Door Artists Studios on Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach until August 2020 because of COVID-19. I am now working in my newly designed home art studio, accepting studio visits by appointment only and exhibiting locally at the Island Art Association.

Affiliations:

Exhibiting Artist – Island Art Association, Amelia Island Artist
Member – American Artists Professional League, Inc. – Salmagundi Club – New York
Member – Oil Painters of America
Host – International Still Life Oil Painters Group

Judging:

2019 – “Impactful Weather” Juried Nouveau Art Show – Island Art Association

Events and Awards:

2022 –  “Artist of the Month Show” Island Art Association, Amelia Island – April 2022

2021 –  First Place – “Sailboat at Rest” Island Art Association, Amelia Island -“Tangled up in Blue” Show

2015 – Best Composition – Salmagundi Club – New York City – Leah Lopez Atelier Show

2011 – Third Place “Kerry’s Lemons” Island Art Association, Amelia Island – “Split Compliments” Show

2009 – Honorable Mention “Summer Bliss in Burgundy” Island Art Association, Amelia Island – “Summer Memories” Show