Born in Oregon, I spent most of my childhood in Iowa before moving to
western Washington as a preteen.
I have drawn from the time I was in first grade. My Mother, tired of my
begging for hand drawn paper dolls, encouraged me to draw my own. I discovered
drawing was fun. As I grew older I practiced more and gained experience
from more sources, including workshops with established artists such as
Jim Lewis, Byron Pickering, Vernon Nye, Dale Gehrman, Charlotte Abernathy,
Joy Campbell, Tom Lynch, and others over the years.
I enjoy plein aire painting, and I find that Mother Nature is a very able
teacher also. I have spent many intense hours observing, sketching, painting,
and photographing the scenery of the Pacific Northwest from California
to British Columbia, and in the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Alberta.
I have painted and sold my work for many years. I am also involved in
music and other creative
endeavors, but I've never stopped studying and painting.
My work has won numerous awards, and is currently shown at the Aurora
Gallery in Vancouver,
Washington. I am a member of Columbian Artist's Association and the Northwest
Oil Painters Guild.
All my life I have loved the landscape and the play of light on things,
as well as in the sky. Even as achild in Iowa I enjoyed the dramatic skies
that accompanied the thunderstorms there. When we latermoved to Washington
I loved the mountains and well remember my first view of the ocean. It
is this love of the landscape and the light that I try to capture in my
paintings. Not necessarily the dramatic views, but the little glimpses
that lift my spirits while I go about my life—these are the things
I enjoy sharing with others.
January 24, 2007