The Art Market Gallery is a cooperative of more than sixty East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. We are located in the heart of downtown Knoxville with convenient parking on Gay Street, State Street Parking Garage and Market Square Parking Garage.
I am a native Californian whose interest in art began in elementary school and continued throughout high school and college. I graduated as an art major from Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Millard Sheets was both my advisor and teacher.
In the early nineties I was able to give art my full focus. My medium is transparent watercolor. I have had the opportunity to work with many talented watercolorists, including Cheng Khee Chee, Lian Quan Zhen, Karen Frey, Jane Hofstetter, Arne Westerman, Don Andrews, and Alex Powers. I am a signature member of both Watercolor West and the California Watercolor Association. In California my work won several awards, including a “Best of Show”, both at the Palm Springs Desert Museum and at the Pleasanton Art League, Pleasanton, CA. My painting, “White Eggplant”, is in the permanent collection of the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.
Knoxville has been my residence since 2005. I belong to the Tennessee Watercolor Society, the Art Market Gallery, and Art Group 21. In addition to California Watercolor Association and Watercolor West I have earned two more signature memberships: Texas Watercolor Society and Tennessee Watercolor Society. I also belong to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Southern Watercolor Society.
I enter many juried art exhibitions. In 2008 my painting, “Tree Study” won the Bronze award in the Texas Watercolor Society. It also won Best of Show at the Fountain City Art Center in 2009. “Dogwood Berries” was awarded the Transparent Watercolor award in the Oak Ridge Art Center open show in 2013. “Dogwood Fall Foliage” was awarded the Totally Transparent Watercolor Award in the Tennessee Watercolor Society exhibition in 2014.
Most of my paintings are realistic. Subject matter varies. I look for dramatic light patterns, good values, and exciting color. I usually work from photographs, or portions of photographs, that I have composed. I do a full-scale sketch on newsprint to refine the composition. Then I transfer the composition to 300 pound Fabriano watercolor paper and lay in an under painting. After this preliminary work I develop the values and the color. This is a process of many adjustments. The greatest excitement comes with the initial concept. The greatest pleasure comes when values and strong light meld to form the painting I visualized.