Awards & Achievements
My largest scratchboard piece ever, at 19" x 36," titled " A Small Measure of Shade"- Emu Chicks is off to Art Center Manatee in Bradenton, FL. This is the 11th Annual Membership show for ISSA and a first time this large piece will be displayed after two years of Covid and the rebuilding of my studio after a fire. l'm so happy to be finally debuting this piece and also to be back working on new art.More info...
Great to back entering shows after the 1 year layoff due to my studio fire. My painting "Hotflash"- Rufous Hummingbird was accepted into the 'Winged Things' show as part of the Society of Animal Artists continuing series of online exhibits. Available for viewing between August 4th and December 30th.More info...
Was pleased to announce that "Understory"- Varied Thrush w/ Winter Wren was accepted into this years live show at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. As the good news was arriving l had the unfortunate task of letting the SAA know that the painting would not be shipped for the show as it was damaged in my studio fire. This was one of 3 shows l had to pull from, having lost the majority of my newer oil painting inventory and all of my studio space.Thank-you to the SAA jury for at least leaving it in the online portion of the show even though it was not physically present at the ASDM.
As part of my membership application to AWA, l entered their Spring Online Show and received the news that "Battleground"- Peregrine Falcon w/ Pigeon was accepted making my Associate membership official. Unfortunately soon after the good news, the painting itself was completely destroyed in a studio fire thus it's listing as N/A in the online catalog. l am proud to have had it's last hurrah be one of accomplishment and am sad that this successful painting is no longer with me. Thanks to the AWA jury for giving it it's final show.
Happy to say that my painting "Renewal"- Cliff Swallows was accepted into this year's online only show for IGOR. This was my first showing with this prestigious group but as the show opened l had to inform them that this painting was destroyed in my studio fire and was no longer available, thus the N/A in the catalog. This was another unhappy ending for a very successful painting that l will miss terribly. Thank you IGOR jury for giving it one more showcase before it's loss.
My painting "Hotflash"- Rufous Hummingbird & Red-Hot Poker plants is the featured artwork for October in the 2021 Artists for Conservation calendar. This is my second year in a row having an artwork selected.
My painting "Battleground"-Peregrine Falcon w/ Pigeon has been selected as a finalist in the Annual Online, Richeson 75 Animal Exhibition.
My scratchboard 'Mimes'- Baldie Calves has been accepted into the lnternational Society of Scratchboard Artists (lSSA) annual, juried membership show. The show returns to the lovely lronwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, November 6th through February 7th 2021,
My painting "Battleground"- Peregrine Falcon / Pigeon has been selected for the smaller SAA fall show at the Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, N.J. The larger 60th Annual was cancelled due to the Corona virus. Though this was a different exhibition from the big anniversary show, competition was still tough so was excited to be accepted.
My painting "Hotflash"- Rufous Hummingbird is off to the AFC annual show in Vancouver, B.C. Always exciting to be part of the live show.
Happy to announce that my scratchboard "Resolute"- Anna's Hummingbird made the finals of the Richeson 75 Small Works Show. lt was the only piece of scratchboard selected for the whole show which makes me very proud.
Pleased to announce two of my scratchboards have reached the finals of the Richeson 75 Online Competition. Two other scratchboards made it into the Meritorious Entry category. All four will be printed in the catalog/book that accompanies the show. "Mimes"- Baldie Calves and "Mimic"- Anna's Hummingbird (seen here) were both selected for the finals. "Pinata"- Common Flicker and "Eye of the Beholder" - Maribou Stork finished in the Meritorious Entry list.
My painting "Haven" Spotted Towhee is featured in the Artists for Conservation Calendar for 2019. Check it out, l'm the month of November!
Two of my artworks have been accepted into this year's Artists for Conservation membership exhibition. "Places to Go"- 3-Banded Armadillo has been selected for the live exhibit and "Renewal"- Cliff Swallows will be in the virtual exhibit (online only). Very exciting to have 2 pieces selected in this very competitive show.
Happy to announce that two of my paintings, "Renewal"- Cliff Swallows and "The Explorer"-Bewick's Wrens made the finals of the ARC Salon show. This is an online show that got over 4300 entries from around the world which were then wittled down to 1500 finalists. Though l didn't finish in the prize money, it was wonderful to be recognized among so many talented international artists.
Proud to announce my acceptance into the Internatioanl Guild of Realism (IGOR), a group that supports and promotes artists working in a realistic style. This group is filled with some of the best realist artists working today and l'm excited to be able to join and show with them.
My scratchboard "Piñata"- Common Flicker was awarded the Bronze Award in the Open Division at the 8th annual ISSA show, this year in the lovely state of Kentucky.
Happy to announce that my scratchboard " Last Light ll " Great- Horned Owl has been selected for inclusion in the 11th edition of the " Strokes of Genius" book. This publication features the best of drawing being done today and is a privelage to be in as the competition is tough every year. l am pleased to be chosen as there are so many talented artists working in these mediums.
l had two pieces accepted into this year's annual show. "Eye of the Beholder"-Marabou Stork/ scratchboard (seen here) and "Haven"- Spotted Towhee/ Oil. One piece was selected for the live show and one for the vitual (online only) part of the show. "Haven" was then selected to continue on to the tour in China.
My scratchboard "Mimes"-Baldie Calves is off to the annual, juried SAA membership show and has been selected to continue on in the tour.
My scratchboard "Mimes"- Baldie Cows was chosen as a finalist in this year's competition. This is my seventh time being chosen. Any recognition is good recognition so l am pleased.
As a result of being a finalist 7 times, the Artist's Magazine has given me a "Spotlight" feature in the June issue of their magazine. The artwork featured is my painting " The Explorer" -Bewick's Wren which was a 2017 finalist.
Very excited that my scratchboard "Places to Go"- 3 Banded Armadillo won the Best in Show Gold Award in the Open Division at the ISSA Annual show in Middleton,OH.
"The Explorer"-Bewicks Wrens"-Oil is a finalist in the very competative Artists Magazine Competition.
"Understory"-Varied Thrush & Winter Wren/Oil has been selected for the annual Artists for Conservation Show and Tour to China.The show debuts at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, B.C.
My oil painting / diptych "Renewal"- Cliff Swallows has been selected for inclusion in this year's annual SAA membership show and tour. The show debuts at the beautiful Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell, N.J.
My oil painting "The Explorer"-Bewicks Wrens has been selected for the most prestigious, Leigh Yawkey Woodson "Birds in Art" show This is my 7th time being selected and is always a huge honor.
My scratchboard "Mimic"- Rufous Hummingbird has been selected for the annual 'Wildscapes' Show at the lovely Bennington Museum in Bennington, VT.
The entire lnternational Society of Scratchboard Artists Show, which was already in Australia, was invited to continue showing at the MacGregor Lions Garden City Art Extravaganza in Upper Mount Gravatt, Australia. My scratchboard "Grace"-Black Swan won a Highly Commended Award and was later purchased by a collector.
"Grace"- Black Swan & "Heart of the Sun"-Emu (seen here) Scratchboards are off to South Australia for the annual lSSA membership show.
My painting "The Explorer"-Bewick's Wrens wins best painting in the 2016 Susan K. Black Foundation Miniatures Show for participating artists in their annual workshop. Also my Scratchboard " The Offering"- Victoria Crowned Pigeon (seen above), wins first place in the drawing catagory. This was the first time they allowed a single artist to win more than one award and l was extremely honored for their decision.
My first year attending the Susan K. Black Foundation artists workshop in Dubois,WY which includes a miniature competition. My Scratchboard "Young Tom" -Turkey wins Best Wildlife overall. Very fun workshop where l made my first attempt at painting from life outdoors. Very scary and fun!
My painting "Chinatown" -House Sparrows is chosen as the cover art for the 2012 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds ln Art" Exhibitition. Because this was a non "Master Artist" year as well as an added show diplaying the work of the late Owen Gromme, no cover had been designated so the staff went through the participating artists work and chose my piece to feature. As far as l know l am the only non Master Artist to receive this distinction and l am forever grateful to the Museum for this honor.More info...
My painting "July the 5th" - Killdeer receives the Society of Animal Artists highest award, the coveted "Catasus Award" given each year at the annual show to the artists whose work exemplifies the highest standard of excellence.
"Bride in Waiting" refers to the 7 times l have been in the finalist catagory (out of the money so to speak) in the Artist's Magazine Annual Competition. l have been chosen in 2005, 2006 (2 pieces chosen), 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. One of these times l will make the prize catagory and become the "Bride". Pays to keep trying!
My first magazine cover. Wildlife Art News Magazine features my painting "Trick or Treat"- Red Breasted Nuthatch on the cover of their Nov/Dec issue. Also pictured inside for the "Editor's Choice" in that same issue. Very exciting!
My first one page feature in Wildlife Art News Magazine. Artwork Featured: "Sunbreak"- Juvenile Robin and "First Season"- Gray Fox. The magazine is no more but it was a fantastic one while it existed!
My very first bird painting and my first attempt at entering the most prestigious art show for bird artists, resulted in my painting "October 31st"- Red Breasted Nuthatch being accepted for the show and then purchased by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum for their permanent collection. Definately a highlight of my career!
My oil painting " Sweet-tooth"- Gray Foxes wins Best of Show at the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show in my very first major showing of my work after going full time as an artist. Just the jump start l needed!