I moved to Amelia Island in 2000 and started painting at night and on weekends after corporate work and became a full time artist in 2008.
I lived in Holland during high school and traveled 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 of light so aptly depicted in Vermeer 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 joined the Blue Door Artists Studios on Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach in 2008 and kept my studio and gallery there until August of 2020 which I relinquished because of COVID-19. I am now working in my newly designed home art studio, contemplating gallery representation, selling online, and working with our local art association, Island Art Association as a supporting or exhibiting member.
2019 – “Impactful Weather” Juried Nouveau Art Show – Island Art Association
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