My love for painting began as a child in Connecticut schools and at home, where my older sister, Sophia Melbourne, gave me drawing and painting lessons. She became an accomplished artist, exhibiting and selling her works for many years in Florida. She also taught children in her “Especially for You” gallery as well.
As a self-taught artist, I did not receive formal art training in college. However, over many years I have privately studied under art teachers in Louisville, Kentucky, Tequesta, Florida, and Stuart, Florida. As a Realist painter, people and animals are my favorite subjects, and oil is my medium of choice, using both brush and palette knife. Landscapes, seascapes, and still-life are fun to paint, but portraitures of adults or children and animals of any kind are what truly inspire my desire to paint. Tigers, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, big horn rams, deer, horses, cows, pigs, cats, dogs, fish, birds, roosters, rabbits – just about any 2-legged or 4-legged subject – makes me want to bring them to life on a canvas! In the last few years, I have been expanding to a more Impressionistic style.
I belong to and have been an exhibitor of the Art Association of Oldham County, Kentucky, the Martin County and Palm City art associations in Florida, and the Artisans of Harbour Ridge Club in Florida, of which I am a board member. The majority of my artwork is given to family members, friends, and to many auctions for various charitable works, which was always so rewarding. I have also painted many commissioned works for pets, lots of dogs and a few cats, which is so much fun.
I am delighted that my Zebras Chillin’ Out painting will be in the Fall Exhibit in our Frankfort state capital. It is a rendition from a photo taken on safari, but sadly not from me. Hopefully, it will be enjoyed by many.