I am a Cincinnati based watercolor painter and I am passionate about exploring the beauty of the natural world in my work. Focused on large scale florals and nautical scenes, I work to blend my love of watercolor with my fascination in nature to create works that celebrate color, light, and detail.
In the last few years I have added a new direction in my work, applying my attention to detail and interest in photorealism to the creation of custom home portraits for a variety of clients. Working with both realtors and homeowners, I strive to capture memories in watercolor.
The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.– Jessica Hische, lettering artist and author
When I read Jessica’s thoughts on her term – procrastiworking – it was as if all of the doubt and questions in my life faded away and my path became clear.
At the time, I had spent years building a career as an elementary school librarian in Arlington, VA. I had a loving husband and a young, busy daughter. A cute house with a gorgeous garden. Life was good. And yet…
I was spending hours a week delaying lesson planning and laundry and all of life’s responsibilities to draw and paint and doodle. In high school, I spent my summers drawing caricatures at Geauga Lake Park, driving an hour each way to spend the day sketching families and tourists. While earning a history degree at Miami University I squeezed pottery classes into my schedule. I earned a masters degree, got married, worked full-time, and still snuck time to sketch and paint. While my daughter slept and papers waited to be graded, I took classes so I could paint watercolors for friends and family.
And so, when our family moved back to Ohio in 2014, I took a break from the library to see what I could do with the extra time. My hiatus has become permanent as I spend my days ‘procrastiworking’ in the studio.
Past Exhibitions and Shows
- 40th Anniversary Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor
- Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati Virtual Gallery
- Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society Annual Show
- Hyde Park Art Show
- Yellow Springs Street Fair
- Wyoming Art Show
- Bellevue Art in the Park
- Northminster Fine Arts Fair
- Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show
- Ohio Explored Maker Mart
- Midwest Maker Mart