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I turned to painting after bidding farewell to my first career in marketing, sales, and public relations. Experimenting with different mediums led me to oil and watercolor painting as my current preferred mediums.

In contrast to the high-energy, fast-changing world of sales and marketing, my artwork draws from the peaceful, meditative qualities of the natural world. Underpinning my work are foundations of bold contrast and bright color, yet my paintings delve deeper. My paintings hone in on the interplay of light and color, the serenity and simplicity of individual elements, and the tranquil feeling of being surrounded by nature. It is the absence of chaos that makes the paintings meaningful: each work is a celebration of simplicity, of God’s little, glorious creations in the sunshine.

Of particular interest is the progression of color gradients: the process of each brush stroke applying layers of color to the canvas is analogous to the maturation of the live plants themselves as they grow and expand. By focusing intensely on the dynamic and often accentuated colors found in nature, my paintings transport the viewer to a state of harmony.

Originally a self-taught artist, I find inspiration in the powerful, creative women of my family and from select Florida artists. I believe that my responsibility as an artist is to show up to the canvas prepared to honor my subject by eliminating time constraints and with the best materials to support quality and longevity of a piece. Painting is a source of great joy for me, and I am passionate about creating work whose meaning transcends the canvas. Each work is a world unto itself with its own unique story that I’m compelled to share through my interpretation of color, light, and shadow.

Member of:

United Arts Council
Naples Art Association
Art League of Bonita Springs
Sarasota County Arts Council

The Big Art Directory
Naples Botanical Garden
National Audubon Society

  • Skyward 30x40 oil on linen

    Skyward

    “Skyward” 30″ x 40″ oil on linen While visiting my aunt’s place in Old Naples ...

Dahlia Platter for Empty Bowls

Dahlia Platter for Empty Bowls

For the fifth year in a row, I was invited to paint another pottery piece for the January 28rd Empty Bowls Silent Auction in Naples as part of a community effort to fight hunger in Collier County. Dahlia Platter Dahlia platter painting by Kerri Meehan; pottery thrown by Rinny Ryan. Music by JS Bach. For more […]

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Water Lily Platter for Empty Bowls

Water Lily Platter Painting for Empty Bowls Charity Event

I was honored to be invited to paint another pottery piece for the January 23rd Empty Bowls Silent Auction in Naples as part of a community effort to fight hunger in Collier County.   This water lily painting was inspired by a visit to the Naples Botanical Garden a couple of years ago. Water Lily Platter […]

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On the easel today

Studio time this week is about the mixture of oil paint with walnut oil and the glazing of rose petals on this 40″x20″ vintage Belgian linen canvas. 

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Painting Setup

My creativity ritual

My creativity ritual begins like this: After opening the door to my studio, I first connect my Jambox speaker to my iPhone, open the Pandora app to a classical piano station and let the peaceful, instrumental music fill the air. Next, I wheel my easel close to the window and position my painting towards the […]

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Alive oil on linen, framed

Long lasting roses for your Valentine

Buy your #valentine roses that will last a lifetime. Roses in oil. #SWFL residents can see these oil paintings in person tomorrow (February 4th) during the Open House event at casa|art|studio at 5850 Shirley St #104 north of Pine Ridge Rd. From 5-8pm, I’ll be there in person to chat about my art and answer […]

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The Sound of Art – Hibiscus Painting in Progress

My favorite part of each painting experience is when I get to the details. Today, I’m building the foundation for the veins of the hibiscus petals, first with strokes from a trimmed 10/0 liner brush, then with blending strokes using a short filbert. Here’s a video of my work in progress, with the sounds of […]

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