I am delighted that you have taken the time
to learn more about me and my work.
I am originally from the Midwest.
I love nature, antiques, gardening, golfing and creating.
After graduating from Purdue University
with a degree in Interior Design,
I moved to Colorado.
There I met my husband, Tom, and we had two lovely daughters.
Tom and I now split our time between Colorado and Arizona.
It is pure joy to paint with the medium of soft pastels –
The color and instant gratification to create art
portraying the essence, spontaneity and beauty.
I was originally influenced by meeting
a pastel artist who had an impressionist style
with his portraits, landscapes and still lifes.
When I start a new day at the easel, I am filled with all the possibilities.
I love the potential of color, patina, expressive gestural drawing and texture put together.
My paintings are based on a photo, a combination of photos,
painting from life and my mind’s imagination.
My hope is that the viewer experiences an emotion that calls to them.
Some of my influences are the scenery
in the foothills of Colorado
to the desert of Arizona.
Although I was never raised on a farm or owned a cow,
I absolutely love to paint them and am incredibly drawn to cow paintings.
It may be because I was born in Wisconsin which is the land of dairy…
People always use that word to describe cows.
But they’re also joyful creatures. They run and play, and they love music.
~”Maureen Gibbon – Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet: A Novel
I am constantly taking drive-by photos of cows for my reference..
I have traveled quite a bit in and out of the country
and look for inspiration all around me.
I live in the foothills of Colorado.
This is one of the views I gaze at.
It is a marvel to behold because the
light, color and shadows
are constantly changing.
This painting won
”BEST IN SHOW”
in the 2022 Colorado Pastel Society Member Show.
A sweet Black Angus
in lush green field and woods..
Based on a photo taken in Virginia.
This painting was based on a beautiful garden that
was by the shore of Grand Lake, in Colorado.
I was very honored that this painting was chosen to be in the
2023 Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Catalog.
And then featured again for advertising for the next round…
Painted from life.
I love to paint flowers when they are on their way out.
A different perspective..
Although fresh flowers are so lovely,
I also find great beauty in flowers past their prime.
These are flowers given to me by a friend.
I placed them on an antique ironstone
cakestand on my kitchen table.