I was born in The Hague, Holland in 1936 and emigrated to the United States with my parents during WW2. My family moved to Woodstock, N.Y. when I was eight, and I was inspired from an early age by the excitement and creativity of the Woodstock art environment. I took a year off from college to study at the Academia De Belle Arte in Florence, Italy where my mother had been a student before me. After college I married Painter-sculptor Edward Chavez, an abstract artist, and when our daughter Maia (now also an artist) was in college, I studied art and art history at Yale University.Landscape and wildlife are my inspiration. With fisherman Dick Strain I am fortunate enough to travel to many of the world's wildest places. I always carry a back pack with painting supplies. Pleine Aire painting provides the source material for my studio works.
EXHIBITIONS IN 2009:
"Painted Journeys" Museum of Northern Arizona (12 paintings)
"Badlands and Red Rocks" solo exhibition, Art Society of Kingston NY
RECENT NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
2008-"The Art of Conservation" Hyram Blauvelt Museum
2006-Paint America Top 100, Judges Choice Award
2006, 07, 08 Art And The Animal Kingdom, Bennington Vt.
2005 Birds In Art, Wausau Wis.
2004-Art and the Animal Kingdom, Bennington Vt
2003-Art For The Parks Top 100, Jackson's Hole, Wy
2003-Oil Painters of America, Taos NM
2003-Salon International, San Antonio, TX
2001-Henry Doorly Zoo Wildlife Invitational Exhibit, Omaha Neb.
2001 Solo Exhibit, Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY
2001 Birds in Art, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art
2001 "Wild in Natuur" Enschede, Holland
2000 - Birds in Art, Wausau, WI
2000- NY State Fair Wildelife Art (prizewinner)
2000 Oil Painters of America, Carmel, CA
The Wonders of Nature, Hong Kong
Salamagundi Club Oil Painters of America
Wichita Center of the Arts
2008-9 Museum of Northern Arizona
2008 Hyram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradel NJ
2001- Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art 2000 - Lee Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau Wis.
Resides: Woodstock, New York, U.S.A.
Education: Putney School, Putney Vermont, AntiochCollege,
Academia De Belle Arte,Florence Italy, Yale University, Workshops with Hong Nian Zhang, Albert Handel, John Seerey Lester.
Major Fields of Study: Sculpture, painting, fine arts and art history.
Commissions: Not accepted
Support for Conservation:
Trustee, grand Canyon Nat. Park 2005
Defenders of wildlife - ongoing
Woodstock Land Conservancy
Open Space Institute
- 2006 - Paint America
Top 100, & Juror's Choice Award
for oil painting titled "Gunnison in Low Light"
- 2003 - Black Canyon of the Gunnison
-AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Art For The Parks top 100, 2003
- 1999 - American Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition
-Finalist, animal category,
- 1998 - Woodstock School of Art
Bolton Brown Award,
- American Art Review;
- Art of the West
- Southwest Art
- The Wonders Of Nature
- Wildlife Art News
- Sporting Classics
- Southwest Art
- Oil Painters of America
- American Academy of Women Artists