Artist Statement

After raising two children, I returned to finish my Fine Arts Degree at UMass Amherst.  I now maintain a studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts located in Pittsfield, MA.

For the past 38 years, I have lived in Lenox, MA.  While residing in the Berkshires, I have been an active member of the Berkshire Art Association, co-chaired the Lenox Cultural Council, substitute taught at Lenox High School and conducted workshops at Hancock Shaker Village and Devonshire Estates.  For the past few years, I have been involved with the First Friday Artwalk representing the Berkshire Art Association.

My earlier work consisted of large charcoal figurative drawings.  Some of images represented a collection of memories and experiences very dear to my heart.  Exploring these images could be exciting at times but also physically draining.

Several years ago, personal and emotional circumstances altered my way of painting and I found comfort and inspiration in landscapes.  A deep love of nature and the added benefit of living in the Berkshires helped fuel this new endeavor.    

          I try to paint every day.  When the weather cooperates, I spend time outdoors observing and drawing always looking for a subject with strong compositional elements.  Once in the studio, these studies and resources will transform again and again and hopefully produce a collection of paintings.

EDUCATION:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bachelor of Fine Arts – 1994

Major: Studio – Painting

Minor: Art History

EXHIBITIONS:

2019 – Oceans – Solo Show _ Lichtenstein Gallery, June 7th

2018 – Out of Studio- Lichtenstein Gallery, January

2017 – Welles Gallery – Lenox 250th , July

2017 – Out of Studio – Lichtenstein Gallery – January 2017

2016 – Whitney Ct. for the Arts – “Scapes” June 2016

2016 – Group Show – Out of Studio – January 2016

2015 – Lenox Library, 200th Anniversary, June/2015

2015 – Out of the Studio, Lichtenstein Gallery, 1/2015

2013 – First Friday Artwalk, “Maria’s” – 6/2013

2012 – City Hall, Pittsfield, MA.- Group Show – 12/20/12

2012 – “In House Exhibit”, Lichtenstein Gallery – 12/2012

2012 – First Friday Invitational, Lichtenstein Gallery, Pittsfield,

MA.

2012 –Treehouse Gallery – First Friday – Pittsfield, MA

2010 – Think Pink – Colonial Theatre – Pittsfield, MA

2009 – Lichtenstein Group Show – Pittsfield, MA

2008 – Storefront Artist – Open Studio – Pittsfield, MA.

2007 – “Forty Shades of Green” – Lichtenstein Gallery – Pittsfield, MA.

2005 – December Group Show – Lichtenstein Gallery – Pittsfield, MA

2005 – Art Show Street Galleries – Pittsfield, MA

2004 – Sheeptacular – Pittsfield, MA.

2003 – Berkshire Artisan – Dec. Tenant Show

2003 – Northeast Juried Show – Springfield, MA.

2003 – Unifem (Women’s) Juried Art Show, Gt. Barrington, MA

2002 – Berkshire Artisan Show, Group Show

2001 – Berkshire Artisan – Tenant Show

2000 – Springfield Art League, Juried Show, Springfield, MA

2000 – Artworks, Hartford, Ct.- Juried Show

1998 – Artisan Gallery – Pittsfield, MA – Group Show

1997 – Spencertown Academy Gallery, Spencertown, New York

Juried Show

1995 – Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA – Group Show

1994 – Celebrate Berkshire Women Artists, Pittsfield, MA,

Group Show

1992 – Berkshire Print Exhibition – “Barns of the Berkshires”

AWARDS:

2016 – Cover contest winner – Lenox Living – February 2016

2000 – Artworks Gallery – Hartford, Ct. Drawing and Print Show –

Finalist

1992 – Print Exhibition – “Barns of the Berkshires” – Finalist

PUBLICATIONS:

1998 – Berkshire Eagle “Artisan Tenant Show” – Daniel Grant

2003 – Berkshire Eagle – Studio Art Group Show

2010 – Berkshire Eagle – Summer Art Show – Ben Garver (photo)

2012 – Berkshire Eagle – “The 413” City launches First Friday

2015 – Berkshire Week – Lichtenstein artists revive group show

2015 – From County Courthouse to Lenox Library, page 12

2016 – Artist Spotlight – Lenox Living Magazine – Feb. – page 10

2017 – Berkshire Eagle – NEA chairwoman, Jane Chu, tours art centers

in Pittsfield

I can be contacted via email at
dotchrp @ aol.com

or visit me in my studio at the

Lichtensten Center for the Arts

28 Renne Ave Pittsfield, MA.