Mission Statement

When I was young, I used to stare at paintings in the museum for hours. I still do. How was it that the Old Masters got their paintings so smooth, so fine, so realistic? How did they make the tiny brush strokes when painting hair? What did they know that we have forgotten?

I grew up with that mission in mind. Over the past 30 years, I have become a traditional realist oil painter. I have exhibited in national and international art shows as well as solo exhibitions, and have won many awards for my work. Yet I still find that many of my questions remain unanswered.

As an artist and an experimental archaeologist, I find myself in a unique position to answer these questions. Over the past several years I have been learning the techniques of the Old Masters – preparing panels, grinding pigments, and painting as they would have painted. The more I learn about their techniques, as I study old manuscripts, the more I realize how much more there is to know.

I invite you to take this journey with me. Over the years, I will be posting my painting experiments on my blog, both historical and contemporary work. I encourage you to follow my artist page at http://www.Lamgallery.com/ and sign up for my mailing list on the bottom of that page.

You can support my work in one of two ways. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of artwork, I invite you to visit my online store where many pieces are available for immediate purchase.

If you are interested in supporting through a donation, I invite you to go to my website and click on the “Donate” button on the page. Donations are securely processed through Paypal and credit cards are accepted. Please give whatever is comfortable for your budget - any amount will help!



Recognition

  • May, 2016 - Award of Merit, Body of Work, Lakeland May Show, Kirtland, OH
  • February, 2016 - One-woman show, Fairmount Center for the Arts, Novelty, OH
  • August, 2015 - One-woman show, Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland, OH
  • August, 2015 - Top scorer, Medieval Arts and Sciences Competition, Pennsic
  • May, 2015 - First place, painting and pigment-making, Multi-state Medieval Arts and Sciences Competition
  • April, 2015 - First place, painting, Northern Ohio Medieval Arts and Sciences Competition
  • September, 2013 - Paris Award for Painting - Artstock Large-Format Show, High Hand Art Gallery
  • June, 2013 - Davis Enterprise Article, Featured Demonstrator at Explorit Science Center
  • March, 2012 - Featured Artist, High Hand Art Gallery
  • November, 2011 - Second Place, Sandhill Crane Festival, Lodi, CA
  • May, 2011 - First Place, Temecula Wildlife and Western Juried Art Show
  • May, 2011 - Honorable Mention, Temecula Wildlife and Western Juried Art Show
  • May, 2010 - Second Place, Spring Fling Show, CAA
  • April, 2010 - First Place, Temecula Western and Wildlife Juried Art Show
  • April, 2010 - Honorable Mention, Temecula Western and Wildlife Juried Art Show
  • October, 2009 - Show Chair Award, CAA
  • October, 2009 - Press Enterprise Article, CAA
  • June, 2009 - Juror's Award of Distinction in Theme, CAA
  • May, 2009 - Featured Demonstrator, CAA
  • September, 2007 - Featured Artist, HVAA
  • August, 2007 - First Place, HVAA
  • July, 2007 - Best of Show, HVAA - 'Golden Monkey'
  • June, 2007 - 'Allsorts' selected for library exhibition
  • May, 2007 - 'Kit Fox' selected for library exhibition
  • March, 2007 - Third Place, Miniature, HVAA
  • January, 2007 - Second Place, Miniature, HVAA
  • January, 2007 - Honorable Mention, HVAA
  • December, 2006 - 'Wise One' selected for library exhibition
  • November, 2006 - Best of Show, HVAA - 'Wise One'
  • November, 2006 - Honorable Mention, Miniature, HVAA
  • November, 2006 - 'Leopard in the Grass' selected for library exhibition
  • October, 2006 - 'Watching the Pride' selected for library exhibition
  • October, 2006 - 2nd Place, Miniature, HVAA
  • October, 2006 - 3rd Place, Bronze, HVAA
  • September, 2006 - Best of Show, HVAA - 'Watching the Pride'
  • September, 2006 - 'Wise One' selected for library exhibition
  • September, 2006 - 2nd Place, Bronze, HVAA
  • August, 2006 - 'The Huntress' selected for library exhibition
  • July, 2006 - Featured Artist, HVAA
  • July, 2006 - 'Chestnut' selected for library exhibition
  • June, 2006 - 1st Place, Miniature, HVAA
  • June, 2006 - 1st Place, Bronze, HVAA
  • June, 2006 - 'Intensity' selected for library exhibition
  • May, 2006 - 1st Place, Bronze, HVAA
  • May, 2006 - 3rd Place, Miniature, HVAA
  • April, 2006 - Best of Show, HVAA
  • April, 2006 - 2nd Place, Bronze, HVAA


Events and Gallery Shows

  • May, 2016 - Lakeland May Show, Lakeland College, Kirtland, OH
  • March, 2016 - International Medieval Society Arts and Sciences Competition
  • February, 2016 - One-woman show, Fairmount Center for the Arts, Novelty, OH
  • August, 2015 - One-woman show, Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland, OH
  • August, 2015 - International Medieval Society Arts and Sciences Competition
  • May, 2015 - Multi-state Arts and Sciences Competition
  • April, 2015 - Northern Ohio Arts and Sciences Competition
  • November, 2014 - 43rd Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Valley Art Center
  • September, 2014 - Miniatures Show, River Gallery
  • July, 2014 - Teacher, Art for Students with Special Needs, Valley Art Center
  • May, 2014 - Drop Spindle Demonstrator/Instructor, Felt Fest, The Tin Thimble
  • April, 2014 - Art Fest, High Hand Art Gallery
  • September, 2013 - Artstock Large-Format Show, High Hand Art Gallery
  • September, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Fall Show
  • July, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Summer Show
  • June, 2013 - Bloomtastic, Maple Rock Gardens
  • May, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Spring Show
  • March, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Art Fest
  • March, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Show
  • January, 2013 - High Hand Art Gallery Show
  • November, 2012 - High Hand Art Gallery Winter Show
  • September, 2012 - Masked Fusion, High Hand Art Gallery
  • September, 2012 - Artstock, High Hand Art Gallery
  • August, 2012 - Exhibition, Latitudes Restaurant
  • July, 2012 - Cool Expressions, High Hand Art Gallery
  • June, 2012 - High Hand Gallery Art Fest
  • May, 2012 - Radiant, High Hand Art Gallery
  • April, 2012 - High Hand Shed Sale
  • March, 2012 - Spring Forward, High Hand Art Gallery
  • January, 2012 - Journeys, High Hand Art Gallery
  • November, 2011 - Reflections, High Hand Art Gallery
  • November, 2011 - Sandhill Crane Festival, Lodi, CA
  • October, 2011 - Autumn Glow, High Hand Art Gallery
  • October, 2011 - Placer Arts 360 Juried Show
  • October, 2011 - Northern California Arts Bold Expressions International Juried Show
  • July, 2011 - Fontana Arts Festival
  • June, 2011 - Summer Arts at Dos Lagos
  • June, 2011 - Riverside Art Museum Members' Exhibition
  • June, 2011 - Spring Fling, Corona Art Association
  • May, 2011 - Temecula Wildlife and Western Juried Art Show
  • May, 2011 - Art and Flower Show - Corona
  • May, 2011 - Painting Demonstration - Susan B. Anthony Elementary
  • April, 2011 - Fallbrook Avocado Festival
  • April, 2011 - Palm Springs Desert Arts Festival
  • March, 2011 - Maxine Piester Show, Corona Art Association
  • November, 2010 - 28th Annual San Bernardino Wildlife Art Festival
  • October, 2010 - Riverside Arts Walk
  • September, 2010 - One-Person Exhibition, Steelworkers Auditorium
  • September, 2010 - Riverside Arts Walk
  • August, 2010 - Riverside Arts Walk
  • August, 2010 - Corona Library Historical Art Show
  • July, 2010 - Fontana Festival of the Arts
  • July, 2010 - Miniatures Show, Riverside Art Museum
  • June, 2010 - Corona Art and Antiques Fair, Corona
  • June, 2010 - Rosa Parks Art Festival, Corona
  • May, 2010 - Spring Fling Show, Corona Art Association
  • April, 2010 - Temecula Western and Wildlife Juried Art Show
  • March, 2010 - Book-a-palooza, Corona Public Library
  • February, 2010 - Maxine Piester Show, Corona Art Association
  • October, 2009 - Festival of the Arts, DVAC
  • October, 2009 - Dominick Frascella Show, Corona Art Association
  • July, 2009 - Promenade Jazz Festival, Dos Lagos
  • June, 2009 - Birds, Bees, and Trees, Corona Art Association
  • May, 2009 - Demonstrator, Corona Art Association
  • May, 2009 - Spring Fling, Corona Art Association
  • November, 2008 - Off The Wall - Riverside Art Museum
  • May, 2008 - California National Orange Show
  • May, 2008 - Art in the Park, Redlands
  • September, 2007 - Featured Artist, HVAA
  • August, 2007 - An Evening of Art
  • July, 2007 - Mural Participant, Parkview Hospital
  • June, 2007 - Temecula Sidewalk Art Festival
  • June, 2007 - Open House, HVAA
  • April, 2007 - The Old Town Gallery
  • August, 2006 - Temecula Art Festival
  • August, 2006 - An Evening of Art
  • July, 2006 - Featured Artist, HVAA
Rustic Elegance - White Peahen, Oil on Panel, 11x14, 2012.

Bed Head, Oil on Panel, 11x14, 2012.

Keeping Watch - Cheetah, Oil on Panel, 11x14, 2011.

Laying Cougar, Oil on Panel, 11x14, 2010.

Kit Fox, Oil on Panel, 9x12, 2009.

A Piece of Cake, Oil on Panel, 2011.

Bowl of Oranges, Oil on Panel, 2011.

Dawn's Early Light, Soft Pastel on La Carte, 9x11, 2007.

Study of Bouguereau - Portrait of Gabrielle Cot, Oil on Panel, 11x14, 2009.