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Artist Statement



As a child, I was fascinated by the vibrant colors of sunsets, the seasons, flowers and certain landscapes. But all of my life I have suffered from severe asthma. While the other children were outside enjoying the snow or jumping in the fallen leaves, blooming flowers of spring, etc. I was inside, looking out the window wishing I could be a part of it. I would never have acquired my artistic skills if it hadn't been for my asthma. I learned to draw and paint, due to many times staying home in bed or at the hospitals (for a couple weeks at a time)with not much to do. It was my escape, a cherished place I could create and imagine I was there instead. While these days my asthma is better, thanks to new medications, I still feel the joy in my heart of creating a special window to the world, my world, for those also interested to see too.

My goal as an artist was to paint these subjects capturing the very things that change quickly due to the season or weather or aging. I wanted to shed light on every day things that many people take for granted because they’re too used to seeing them. I want to take the ordinary, and turn it into extraordinary. I achieve this by working with brighter colors, deeper shadows and lighter highlights, and sometimes mixing media. I always strive to give every piece a little bit of life and vitality.

I'm always creating. Please check back when I have updated my paintings, will be taking pictures of my more recent works. I'm interested in doing commissioned work and occasionally I sell my works on eBay (please click on the link at the bottom of this page).

Artist Exhibitions



Solo and/or Two Person Exhibitions

2008
Mount Tom's Homemade Ice Cream, Easthampton, MA
d'Art Gallery, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA

2006
Lavoie Chiropractic Office, Ludlow, MA

2005
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, Southbridge, MA

2004
Arts in the Garden, Palmer, MA

2002
Ludlow Library, Ludlow, MA
Dane Gallery, Indian Orchard, MA

2000
Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Home, West Springfield, MA

1999
From Two Perspectives, R. Rutana & Jane Dunne,
Old First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA

1998
Marc A. Callahan Benefit, Ramada Inn, West Springfield, MA

1997
Riverdale Gardens, West Springfield, MA
Agawam Public Library, Agawam MA
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Enfield, CT


Juried and Invitational Exhibitions

2009
Friends of the Agawam Library, First Open Juried Art Show, Agawam Library,
Agawam, Massachusetts
January Show, Galleria Vivace
Stafford Spring, Connecticut

2008
December Show, Galleria Vivace
Stafford Spring, Connecticut
"Art Display Reception" 333 Gallery, Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts
"Past Presence" Westfield State College Downtown Art Gallery,
Westfield, Massachusetts

2006
"Piedmont Hall Art Show" Art Exhibit, Somers, Connecticut
"Garden Exhibit at the Square Gallery" Art Exhibit, Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts
"Fine Art Friends" Art Exhibit, Chiopee Public Library,
Chicopee, Massachusetts

2005
"Fine Art Friends" Art Exhibit, Chiopee Public Library,
Chicopee, Massachusetts

2004
Alumni Art Exhibit, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield, MA
American Landscapes, Solaris Gallery, Califon, NJ
Springfield Art League Invitational Exhibit, Old First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA

2003
American Landscapes, Solaris Gallery, Califon, NJ
Springfield Art League Invitational Exhibit, Old First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA
MassMutual, Springfield, MA

2002
Southwick Cultural Council Annual Art Exhibition, Southwick, MA
Springfield Art League Northeast Juried Exhibition, Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, Springfield, MA

2001
Springfield Art League Northeast Juried Exhibition, Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, Springfield, MA

2000
Springfield Art League Northeast Juried Exhibition, Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, Springfield, MA
Springfield Art League Invitational Exhibit, Old First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA

1999
Springfield Art League Invitational Exhibit, Old First Church Gallery, Springfield, MA

1998
2nd Annual Springfield Arts Festival Juried Exhibit, Springfield, MA

1997
Alumni Art Exhibit, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield, MA
Baystate Medical Center Invitational, Indian Orchard Mills Artists Show, Springfield, MA

1996
Somers Annual Art Festival, Somers, CT, Merit Award in Mixed Media/Collage
1st Annual Springfield Arts Festival, Springfield, MA

1990
Greater Springfield Juried Student Art Exhibit, Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, Springfield, MA


Selected Exhibitions

2009
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2008
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Holiday Art Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2007
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Fall Art Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2006
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Fall Art Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2005
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2004
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2003
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Blandford Fair, Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Blandford, MA, 2nd Place Award in Oils/Acrylics
The Dane Gallery Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA

2002
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Two Day Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Mezanote Pizzaria, Springfield, MA

2001
The Dane Gallery Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Dane Gallery Artists Show & Silent Auction, Indian Orchard, MA
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA

2000
Greater Springfield Art Release, Caffeine's Downtown, Springfield, MA
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Annual Holiday Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA

1999
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Fall Show, Indian Orchard, MA
The Monson Art Council?s Annual Art Show, Monson, MA
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Spring Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA

1998
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Annual Resident Artists Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Blandford Fair, Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Blandford, MA, 1st Place Award in Drawing
Caffeines Restaurant, W. Springfield, MA
Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MA
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Tower Square Springfield, MA

1997
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Annual Resident Artists Show, Indian Orchard, MA
Springfield Museum?s Contemporary Club, Indian Orchard Mills Studio Show, Indian Orchard, MA

1996
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Baystate West, Springfield, MA
Blandford Fair, Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Blandford, MA, 4th Place Award in Mixed Media/Collage
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Annual Resident Artists Show, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

1995
Springfield Art League Members Exhibition, Baystate West, Springfield, MA
The Gallery at Indian Orchard Mills Annual Resident Artists Show, Indian Orchard, MA

1988-1994
Blandford Fair, Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Blandford, MA
Students' Annual Art Exhibit (3 years in a row), Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Students' Exhibit (4 years in a row), Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
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Artist Collections



Ms. Joanne Alexander, Toronto, Canada

Private Collector, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Wayne Baxter, Easthampton, MA

Private Collector, East Haven, CT

Mr. Robert M. Busnach, Arlington, MA

Private Collector, Sahuarita, AZ

Ms. Judy Carpenter, Westport. CT

Ms. Sharon Carpenter, Ludlow,MA, Owns 3 Paintings

Mr. Kevin Casmaro, Chicopee, MA

Private Collector, Stillwater, OK

Private Collector, Madisonville, LA

Ms. Claudette Coderre, Arlington, VA, Owns 4 Paintings

Mr. Gilbert Complaisance, Saskatchewan, Canada, Owns 2 Paintings

Private Collector, Tuscaloosa, AL

Kacie Cuddington, Conway, SC

Miss Katherine Deliso, Windsor, MA

Private Collector, Portland, OR

Atty. Elizabeth M. Dougal, East Longmeadow, MA, Owns 3 Paintings

Dr. Bruce Eggleston, Belchtown, MA

Mrs. Sue Goldsmith, Indian Orchard, MA

Private Collector, Honolulu, HI

Ms. Rosemary House, Chicopee, MA

Mr. Thomas Jacquel, Chicopee, MA

Private Collector, Stowe, VT, Owns 2 Paintings

Mr. Robert Kadis, Agawam, MA, Owns 8 Paintings

Private Collector, British Columbia, Canada

Private Collector, Burlington, CT

Mr. Mrs. LaFlamme, Longmeadow, MA

Mrs. Paul Lapointe, Chicopee, MA

Private Collector, Newton, MA

Ms. Darcy Lombard, Cheshire, MA

Mr. Dennis McCarthy, Indian Orchard, MA

Ms. Agnes Melas, Ludlow, MA, Owns 4 Paintings

Private Collector, FT Lauderdale, FL

Mr. Mrs. Kevin Moriarty, Wilbraham, MA

Mount St. Vincent, West Springfield, MA

Ms. Leslie Paiva, Santa Cruz, CA

Private Collector, Fayetteville, GA

Ms. Jacqueline Pashko, Springfield, MA

Mr. John Pereira, Ludlow, MA

Private Collector, San Antonio, TX

Miss Jennifer Reed, Forest Park, MA

Mr. Eric Rutana, Northampton, MA

Ms. Susan Sheppard, Newington, CT

Private Collector, Washington state

Private Collector, Inverness, FL

Ms. Patricia Grace Voss, Binghamton, NY

Ms. Sonia Wilder, Potomac, MD Owns 3 Paintings

Also in private collections in New York City, Boston,
Nova Scotia, United Kingdom, Australia as well as others
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