I am interested in the physical world of weather and the quality of light, in the intersections of land, water, and sky, in how colors meet and influence each other, and in paint. My landscape paintings usually start with small work done on site in the landscape; I may make several sketches from the same viewpoint. In the studio, I often use the small paintings as reference points for larger work. My interest and desire are to retain the emotional and physical link to a specific landscape, but to distill details of place, time, weather and light into simplified color compositions that evoke connection to a recognizable world.



I am a professional artist, originally from Michigan and now based in Massachusetts.

My work is in included in public and private collections and is represented by Splaine Dolan Fine Art (www.splainedolanfineart.com).

I have a degree in painting from the University of Michigan School of Art, and have attended post-graduate trainings and seminars at various times and places.

I like hiking, animals, and painting outdoors in all weathers. Though I have also worked as a farmer, and am a graphic designer (www.donnelly-design.com) and a kid's book illustrator/writer (www.cecilydonnelly.com), painting is my inspiration for all other endeavors.



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