Biography and artist's statement
I have been living and painting in Maine for the past 21 years. Originally from Australia, where I pursued a medical career as a primary care physician in Sydney for 20 years, I moved to the United States after meeting and marrying my American husband, Peter Felsenthal, with whom I live on Barters Island, Boothbay Maine.
Art has always been one of my great loves and I took the opportunity of my new life to develop my passion for painting, drawing and color. My subject matter includes the landscape of New England and Europe and still life. I would describe my representational style as bold and colorful, a mix of realism and impressionism. Smaller landscapes are often painted en plein air and the larger works are painted in the studio using sketches and my own digital photographic references. Originally painting in pastel I have now use oil and acrylic as my principal media and am experimenting with more abstract styles of painting. Over the past years I have studied painting with a number of very fine teachers and taken courses in oil and acrylic painting at The Maine College of Art.
My art is represented by The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta Maine and Art Collector Maine. I show regularly at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and serve on the board of trustees. My work has been accepted into many juried shows.
Much of my work is inspired by the intersection of land and sea. I am fascinated by the water’s edge, from the tides, rocks and reflections to the constant change.
Painting, for me is about expressing and communicating beauty and the pleasure it brings to me and hopefully to others. It is an ever changing process in which I explore the worlds within and without. It has been of great value in grounding me in a new life and environment. It is what I have always wanted to do.