I am a (mostly) self-taught watercolorist who has been painting since the 1980's, specializing in local land and seascapes. I enjoy painting on-scene (pleine air), and trying to capture the beauty of Bodega, West Sonoma County, Marin County and other North Bay Areas of northern California.
Recently, this interest has led me into a whole new and exciting world---that of Public Broadcasting! For the past year, I have been creating a new series of videos called “THE WONDERS OF WATERCOLOR" for KRCB, Channel 22 in Rohnert Park, Calif. So far, my talented producer Seth Friesen and I have completed 7 short films called “interstitials", designed to fit in between regular half-hour programs. As donor support arrives, our next step is to complete a half-hour PILOT for the series. The ultimate goal is to create a 13 half-hour series of “How-To Paint With Watercolors" programs using experimental materials and techniques.
On July 18, 2012 the first 7 films were distributed to approximately 300 PBS stations across the nation. I am now actively seeking underwriter/donor support in return for amazing, long term promotion for the investment in this PBS series.
Please visit my 'Annie on PBS' page for more information and to watch our 1st seven short films. I think you might enjoy them!
My development as an artist has been enhanced by attendance at many workshops and classes, but I particularly enjoy trying to capture the “spark," sensuality, or sweetness of a local scene I've encountered. Often when driving, an image will strike me and I can't wait to express what interested and inspired me. I experiment with watercolor on paper, canvas, sandpaper or other interesting surface such as YUPO. I love sharing the excitement and surprises of watercolor with my students, especially in my Watercolor For Guys workshops.
As a member of numerous North Bay art associations, I frequently show my work at member shows, local art galleries, and other interesting venues. At present, I am honored to have three one-person-shows, plus shared shows in two galleries. In 2011, I was honored to serve as Curator for a multi-artist, multi-media show at the Gualala Art center in Mendocino County, Calif.
One of my goals is to make my art affordable, so I create notecards, matted reproductions, and small originals as well as my larger framed pieces.
I have received a number of awards for my work, and have developed an extensive following of collectors of my paintings. They tell me that my art makes them “feel happy," and that they respond to the color, freshness, exuberance, and sometimes whimsy of the paintings. Since "I like any color as long as it's purple!," my affection for purples, maroons and mauves is reflected in my work.
I can be reached at (707) 876-3211 to discuss my paintings, to arrange a painting outing in the lovely local North Bay land and seascapes, or to talk about a commissioned work. You will also find me several days a month staffing the beautiful Artisans' Co-op Gallery in Bodega, which features the wonderful art and craft of over 40 local artisans! Check my 'Demos' page for exact dates, or call the Gallery at (707 876- 9830)
Nov. 27, 2012