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A Brighter Future: Artistic Activism And Climate Awareness

Awakening to a snow-covered landscape warms my heart. I used to hate cold weather, but as an artist, I've come to embrace it. It's an excuse to slow down, go outside and crunch around, and then come back inside and paint for a really long time. Gazing out on a pristine white canvas of snow helps me limit my palette and notice the "bones" of the landscape. Does an occasional snow day mean global warming is bunk? Of course not! I think we all know that by now. So a wintery morning makes me nostalgic for a time when snow was just "normal" (and a tad annoying).

 
Would you like to see my work in person? Step in from the cold and check out these January Juried Exhibits:
  • Jan 5-27: Del Ray Artisans, "Visions of Resilience: Art for Climate Justice," Del Ray, VA

  • Jan 8-May 4: Hill Center DC Regional Exhibit, DC 

  • Jan 10-28: “Still Life,” The Art League Gallery at Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA

  • Jan 12 - Feb 19: Touchstone Gallery National Virtual "Figure" Exhibit, Washington, DC

 
"Requiem for Winter" won an honorable mention in the Art League of Alexandria exhibit in March, and is now on display at the Hill Center DC (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003)
"Requiem for Winter" 24 x 30

"Requiem for Winter" won an honorable mention in the Art League of Alexandria exhibit in March, 2023 and is now on display at the Hill Center DC (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003)


I recently had the pleasure of curating an exhibit at Del Ray Artisans, "Art for Climate Justice: Visions of Resilience", which is on display until January 27. Sixty-five artists in the DC region came together to create work that is a catalyst for dialogue. The exhibit includes photography, painting, woodworking, weaving, and pottery - all forms of art that lead back to the earth. This inspiring body of work reminds us that art reflecting climate change and climate justice doesn't need to be an exploration of the ugly consequences of environmental challenges. Instead, it can be a celebration of the inherent beauty of our natural world, a reminder of what is at stake, and a call to action that resonates on a deeply personal level.


"Soul Search," part of my newest collection of environmentally inspired mixed-media collage.
"Soul Search" (24 x 30 in.) is part of my newest collection of environmentally inspired mixed-media collage landscapes.

Still Standing, 24 x 30
Still Standing, 24 x 30

I’m proud to partner with Arielle Kouyoumdjian, Executive Director of the Changing Planet Justice Foundation (CPJ), in presenting the "Visions of Resilience: Art for Climate Justice" exhibit. Arielle is a recognized leader in the youth climate movement. Her award winning podcast about climate justice provides an insightful narrative about the impact of climate change on marginalized communities. CPJ offers leadership certification for youth who want to learn more and take action in their own communities. View the webinar she offered in conjunction with the exhibit: 




 

Would you like to bring a burst of warmth and vitality to your space, turning chilly days into a celebration of beauty this winter? Check out my latest original fine art paintings in my online store. Larger paintings are on view in the portfolio sections of my website. Contact me for pricing on larger items, or to schedule a studio visit. A percentage of all proceeds go to Changing Planet Justice.







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Media Profiles and Awards

I'm delighted to share my story through media outlets and internationally recognized publications. In 2023, I was profiled by Artsy Shark, Artistonish, The Capitol Hill Art League, and It's Liquid. Click on the images below to read the stories and learn more about these prestigious commendations.

 

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