As an artist I find the everyday aspects of life inspire painting. My approach is to paint outdoors in plein air where capturing the light, mood and colours of the landscape represent the biggest challenges. The changing light limits painting sessions to a few hours and repeat visits to a location may be required to capture the initial inspiration. Landscapes perpetually change due to time of day and events at a location. For plein air artists it is well known that once you start painting a place something can and often does happen impacting the scene significantly. It is not unusual to find yourself saying, “Wow, the field I am painting has just been ploughed!”
In my early years, I painted wall murals in Florida, U.S.A. while studying art. Later my career took another direction towards the technology industry. During this period, I continued to pursue art, painting with water colors, pen and ink drawing in addition to ceramic sculpture. I have been painting outside in plein air using oil paints for more than ten years. Since 2014, I have been a full-time artist painting in the great outdoors at the coast and Sierra Nevada mountains in California in addition to Alaska, Colorado and Europe. More recently, I have begun painting landscapes in Malta and Gozo where I now reside.
For the past four years, I participated in Art in the Open event in Wexford Ireland which is the largest plein air event in Europe. I have sold multiple paintings created during this event at the concluding exhibitions. I have taken five ten-day workshops in France and Estonia with French artist Antonin Passemard and Russian artist Anastasia Dukhanina. During these workshops I have sold paintings to locals in the region. In 2016, I painted in the North Tahoe Plein Air event and my painting of ‘Sand Harbor’ was the featured piece advertising the event in the Tahoe Weekly newspaper. Painting with famed colourist Camille Przewodek in two-week long colour boot camp sessions along with her “Mondays with Camille” has helped build my colour focus. Irish workshops included painting alongside Leon Holmes, Antonin Passemard, Mark Delassio, Natalia Dik, Ned Mueller and Roger Dellars. During the past nine years, I assisted the Lake Tahoe Art League planning, leading critiques and painting in weekly plein air sessions.
My paintings are periodically on exhibit in Gozo and Malta. This June I will have an exhibition in the Cittadella, Victoria, Gozo. Paintings have been also been in one woman exhibits in North Lake Tahoe Cobalt Gallery, a local café off Lombard Street in San Francisco, and El Dorado County Library in South Lake Tahoe. Previously my paintings and sculptures were on display and sold in Nevada at Village Interiors, Incline Village and Artsy Art Gallery, Carson City. I have also had paintings commissioned for wineries in Sonoma, California.
Thanks for your time and I do hope you enjoy looking at my work!
Malta Society of the Arts, California Plein Air Painters