Lighting the path toward freedom, Fiona's work is a conversation between the heart, mind, and the soul.
Creating a unique connection to a common place through a softening of boundaries, I like to invite connection and clarity to the chaos of the human experience through my work. I imagine in vibrant colors, candid lines, and fertile textures and see myself recreating those landscapes on canvas and with clay.
Fiona seeks for her art to expand points of connection through grounded presence. Her paintings explore a sense of home place within the tension of the human experience. Comfortable at the crossing point of ease and dis-ease, Fiona paints predominantly with a palette knife and sometimes with her fingers, creating an energetic narrative that transcends time and space. With vibrant color and rhythmic movement, her style of expressive realism provides an invitation to explore the dwellings of the mind and the landscapes of the spirit.
Fiona’s work can be found in multiple private collections around the world. She has studied art in Italy, has made art in India, and has taught art in New Zealand and Central America. She has permanent public art installations in Washington and West Virginia and has been the founder and director of 3 different community-based art studios in Maryland, Oregon, and now Vermont, where she has also owned and operated a local gallery and performance space. Fiona studied fine art and music at McDaniel College where she received her BFA in 1999. She continued graduate study in ceramic art at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and then painting at The Art Students League in New York. She now lives and works in Putney, Vermont and Vinalhaven, Maine.
"We are transformed, not by adopting attitudes toward ourselves but by bringing into center all the elements of our sensations and our thinking and our emotions and our will: all the realities of our bodies and our souls." -M.C. Richards