Art is a process where I can honor the joy, beauty, and meaning in objects, nature, and people. I am attracted to paint subjects which touch me with their visual beauty and symbolic meaning - whether it is a still life, an old building, a rustic vehicle, landscape, or street scene. My objective in painting is to use beautiful, clean color, to capture light and create a look of freshness and spontaneity that excites one’s senses and draws one in.
I can’t remember ever not being interested in and appreciating art. As a child I drew and over the years took drawing, oil painting, and pastel classes. I have taken many classes and workshops over the last twelve years.
My enthusiasm for watercolor blossomed when I studied with Seattle artist William Hewson, a student of Charles Reid’s. Using contour drawing to draw abstract shapes rather than objects helped me let go of preconceived images. I like the direct painting approach that allows most of the color mixing to happen on the paper. Studying with artist Terry Leach taught me volumes about values, color theory, and the elements of design. Exposure to the use of more wet-on-wet painting in workshops with Raleigh Kinney, brought more spontaneity and immediacy to my painting.
I am a juried member of the National Society of Taos Watercolorists and have exhibited in local and regional shows. My paintings have been on display at The Tubac Center of the Art Aqueous Show and the Sample Show for the Open Studio Tour. I participated in three open studio tours sponsored by the Tubac Center of the Arts and several art fairs while living in southern Arizona.