30 x 24 in.Oil on panel
Available through the artist

My painting Placido captures the bicyclist in the moments after a ride in the hills of Sicily. Tired in a contented way, ruffled hair from the helmet, iridescent goggles, he’s perched on some masonry in the piazza, drying off in the strong Italian sunlight. The straightforward gaze of my painting connects with the viewer. He’s ready to have a birra with you and talk about the ride. He’s one of my favorite subjects, my husband who was born in Sicily and we return there often. I go there to paint and he bicycles those same hills and dramatic coastline.

I like to think that because of the feeling expressed in this painting, it has been recognized in a number of exhibitions. Placido won an Award of Excellence in the Juried Exhibition, American Women Artists at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, California. It also was accepted in the 2019 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition at the Illume Gallery, St. George, Utah. It was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2019 International Competition, and a finalist in the Portrait Society of America 14th Annual Members Competition.

I love painting portraits and figures and look for the soul behind the eyes of my subjects. It’s a special joy to capture the gesture of a figure so it feels natural and alive. Figure drawing has been an ongoing study and I recently had the honor of competing in the second Figure Drawing Competition in New York at the Historic Salmagundi Club. I was thrilled to become an artist member of Salmagundi Club.

Beside portrait and figurative work, I paint landscape and still life. I think it’s important to work in a variety of subject matter and work as much from life as possible to continue to improve my skills. And I feel it’s very important to share my knowledge with others. I teach out of my studio in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I’m a signature member of the American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, The American Impressionist Society, and a signature member of Oil Painters of America. I have had over a dozen solo exhibitions and my work is collected worldwide.

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Upcoming Exhibitions:
NOAPS Best of America Small Works 2020
4/5/20 to 5/3/20 at McBride Gallery, 215 Main Street, Annapolis, Maryland 410.267.7077

Baum School of Art Auction
5/16/20 at The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden Street, Allentown, PA 18101 610.433.0032

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists
5/23/20 – 8/23/20 at the Booth Western Art Museum, 501 N Museum Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120 770.387.1300

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