My work begins with an emotional  connection in nature. A sunset over a coastal marsh, a sky reflected in still water or an early morning shadow crossing a field excites me. The memories and emotions of these particular moments motivate my landscape paintings. Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley and Hudson, New York. Recently my work has been energized by trips to Ireland, France and Italy.

My work is simple and direct. Landscapes are based on simplified shapes and strong color to convey emotion.  I love the immediacy, vibrant color and portability of pastels. I apply my pastels to a panel that is under painted with acrylic and then primed with pumice gel, which provides the texture.

I paint at Heron Crest Studios in Aston, Pennsylvania where I welcome visitors by appointment throughout the year.

Pastel Society of America - Juried Member
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY - Juried Artist Member
Maryland Pastel Society - Signature Member


Juried Shows

2018- 2007 - Yellow Springs Art Show, Chester Springs, PA
2016- Delaware County Studio Tour

2015 – Main Line Art Center Spring Gala Show, Bryn Mawr, PA

2008 - Philadelphia Sketch Club – Works on Paper

2007 - Philadelphia Watercolor Society – Franklin and Marshall College

2006 -Daylesford Abby Art Show – Paoli, PA

Invited Shows

2007 – 2016– Art Long the Creek Heron Crest Studios, Aston PA
2015- Station Gallery, Wilmington DE - Art for the Holidays

2014 – D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ – Spring Show

2013 - William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - Nature Inspired

2013-2011 -Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show, Chadds Ford PA

2013 - D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, NJ - Sky Gazing

2011- The Art Trust, Westchester, PA - Gifted

2009- Darlington Art Center, Garnet Valley, PA - Artists of Heron Crest Studios

2008-2006 - Station Gallery– Greenville DE - Holiday Show

2008 – 2007– Station Gallery, Greenville DE – Spring Thaw

2007 - Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA - Miniature Show

2007 –Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square PA 2007 - Summer’s Eve

2005 –Hardcastle Gallery, Wilmington,DE - Touch of Class


William Ris, Jamesport NY - 2016 - Present
William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ - 2010 - 2016

Station Gallery, Greenville DE – 2006 - 2017

Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA 2007 - 2010



2000- 2016 - Studied with national and regional artists such as Elizabeth Mowry PSA, Susan Oglivie PSA, Carolyn Caldwell PSA, Christine LaFuente, Liz Haywood Sullivan PSA and Donna Cusano

1996-2009 - Philadelphia Museum of Art - Guide Training Program

1981- Villanova University – M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations

1975 - Saint Joseph’s University – B.S. in Psychology  



Pastel Artist and Member of Heron Crest Studios, Inc. - 2007 - Present

Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Member 2013-2015

Manager Volunteer Services, Philadelphia Museum of Art – 2009-2015