Plein Air

Plein Air Artist

“Plein air” is a term describing a French art movement starting about 1865. Monet, Renoir and Pissaro were prominent artists in this group. The artists involved in this movement chose to represent the effects of outdoor light and air not observable in the studio. The Plein air painter is interested in capturing the experience on first seeing a view – in the totality and without undue attention to detail. The Plein air painter is concerned with light and color and the emotional response the scene evokes.

My Experience With Plein Air

When I first began my art career, I worked with pastel and watercolors in my studio. I began to experiment with acrylic and then moved on to oil painting. Then I discovered plein air painting and I was hooked. I have always loved to be outdoors and to be outdoors and to paint and to do this in Alaska is the perfect combination. Plein air has taught me to really see. Painting from life is “the moment of truth.”



Jan 27th- Exhibiting art done for the State Parks Summer Program at Byers’ Lake
37th Annual Juried Exhibition, Alaska Watercolor Society – Third Place Award
February 1st – Paintings for Nepal
February 16th – KAKM Art Showcase
March 23rd – Fifth Annual Raven’s Ball, Alaska Natives Foundation
April 14th – 26th Annual Museum Gala Exhibit “True North”
April 14th – 22nd Annual Catholic Social Service Dinner and Exhibit


February 10th-12th- KSKA/KAKM contribution for Annual Auction
Alaska Juried Watercolor Exhibit – Anchorage Museum – Third Place Award
April – Exhibit for the Anchorage Museum “Gala”
July – Plein air Week-End – Plein air Painters of Alaska
August 5th – Arts for the Parks – Top 30 Competition
Alaska Pioneer and Veterans Juried Exhibit – Third Place Award
August 20th-28th – “Arts and Re-creation” week-end of painting at Byers Lake sponsored by The Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation
September 2nd – Alaska Pacific University Plein air Exhibit – Alaska Plein air Painters of Alaska
October – Lutheran Social Services Fundraiser Exhibit


Participant in the “Alaska State Council on the Arts” selection process for Art for the new AVTEC Culinary Institute
My painting “The Race” was selected to hang in the 36th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Exhibition held at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Participated in the Plein Air Exhibit to benefit the Clair House of Anchorage
Contributed to the Art Auction for Public Broadcast KSKS/KAKM Art Auction for 2010
Solo exhibit – November, 2010 – Stephens Fine Arts Gallery
Contributed to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art Gala Exhibit
Participated in Plein air exhibit at the “Ranting Raven” Gallery, Seward, Alaska


Jack Richeson Art Award for International Society of Acrylic Painters 12th Open International Exhibit
Two paintings accepted in the “Alaska Arts for the State Parks” annual juried exhibition
“ISAP” * Signature on Line Exhibit
35th Annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Anchorage, AK


“Best of Show” People in the Park, Arts for the State Parks, Anchorage, AK


33rd Annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Tenth Annual “ISAP” Juried Exhibition, San Luis Obispo Art Center, CA
Featured Artist for the Anchorage Museum Gala, April 2007.
Juror’s Choice Award, Chugach State Park Art Competition “Best People in the Park” category;
Artist Peer award – Chugach State Park Competition


Accepted in the All Alaska Juried Exhibition, Anchorage Museum of History And Art


Chosen to design the annual “Alaska Railroad Print”


Selected for “Wild Salmon on Parade” Competition, Anchorage, AK
Featured Artist for the publication “Alaska Women Speak”
1989- 2003
Best of Show – 25th All Alaska Juried Watercolor Exhibit
Honorable Mentions – 26th All Alaska Juried Exhibition
Included in “Celebrate Northwest Women Artist”
Included in Texas “Tri State Plus”
Exhibited in National Arts for the Parks, Top 200, Jackson, Wyoming
Juried competition – “ISAP”*– Westminster Gallery. London, England
“NO Big Heads” Juried Exhibit – University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
“ISAP” – International Society of Acrylic Painters