I began painting in mid-life after a first career in International Education and several years spent living and working in Japan. I have studied and painted furiously for the past several years and committed to painting full-time in the Fall of 2019 with the establishment of my business ArtworkbyIngrid. I love painting, both plein-air and in my home studio . My approach is to paint what makes me happy, or calls my attention, in a very loose and carefree style. In creating I first try to connect with my subject, capture the energy of the place or living being, and transfer that into the painting itself. I do not draw first but dive right into the painting and mold the shapes and colors as I move across the canvas. I do tend to paint quickly as I do not feel bound by technique. As I paint, I usually hold an intention for the painting, especially if a painting is meant for a particular person. Most of my art inspirations relate to nature and a nostalgia for the homeplace. I often paint plein air scenes of the Washington D.C. area and I love the Virginia countryside: farms, barns, winding country roads, open space, trees, creeks, rivers and pastures.