The great joy of painting for me is that it provides an opportunity to sit with and really see the world. I work both in plein air, and in the studio from sketches, color notes and photos that I gather as reference on site.
All of my work is essentially about light, the way it falls on the landscape. I love the light in the warm summer months, especially in the morning and the evening, when the sun is low in the sky. Shadows deepen, and colors seem especially vivid in the slanting light. In the winter, the light is cooler, and the colors more muted. However, it is often clearer, and there is a beautiful stillness and clarity in the landscape.
Typically I start with an underpainting using pastel, watercolor, or oil to set the composition—which is often quite abstract. Layering the pastel over this base, I construct my image. Allowing the layers below to show through builds luminosity as the colors vibrate with one another.
I received my BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University in 1979, and have completed additional coursework at MassArt, Museum School, and Bennington College. I am a frequenter of workshops, and have had the pleasure of studying with many wonderful pastelists including Liz Haywood Sullivan, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Stan Sperlack, and Tony Alaine.
Awards include Best of Show at the 2015 UArts Competition, The Judith Walo Memorial Award at the Connecticut Pastel Society’s 2015 Renaissance in Pastel Show, and an Honorable Mention at the 2015 PPSCC Members show. My work is represented by Francesca Anderson Fine Arts of Lexington, and is included in many private collections.
I am a Signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, North River Arts, and Milton Art Center, where I am chair of the Gallery Committee.
For the past 25 years I have been owner and creative director of Sawyer Design Associates LLC, a graphic design business serving clients in the non-profit and education sectors.