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I suppose my art career really started around the age of two. At that very knowledgeable age I refused to eat anything except mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch. My mother—out of sheer boredom and long before the fear of saturated fats and red dye #2—would add food coloring to the mayo “just to spice things up a bit.” I actually have some vague recollection of sitting in the high chair and finger painting with the colorful mayo, and many years later when someone handed me a palette full of oil paint and suggested I play, it was like finding home again. I was instantly hooked. Actually, it was more than that. It was like voices from above (really loud voices) saying “This is what you are supposed to do.” There were no choices.
So far my life has consisted of all the usual events. I grew up in California near San Jose, back in the day when there were still fruit orchards between the towns and no one had ever heard of Silicon Valley. I attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where I studied history and anthropology and did graduate work in education. I got married and moved to Colorado, where I still live today. Along the way children happened, a divorce, a till-death-do-you-part-remarriage, wonderful step-children, a career in education, some great travel opportunities, and now grandchildren. Our family, and our life, is very full.
I began seriously studying painting at the Art Student’s League of Denver in the early 1990’s. As time permitted, I took various workshops around the country, studying first with Laura Robb in Aspen, then Tom Beuchner in New York, and Robert Johnson in Colorado. Recently, I attended workshops with Daniel Sprick, Quang Ho, Jeremy Lipking, and Kevin MacPherson. Luckily, I was able to retire early from education and commit to a full-time painting career.
My goal is to create paintings that cause people to pause and reflect on the beauty in our world. Whether it’s landscape/cityscape, still life, or figurative work, I want you to look at my paintings and feel the intrinsic beauty in that scene. Because we are all visual creatures, it’s usually the sense of light that makes viewers connect to the emotion I’m trying to convey, so I often feel that I paint light rather than objects or genre. Depending upon what I’m painting, my work varies from an impressionistic style to a soft realism.
My paintings have been juried into several national shows in both Scottsdale, AZ, and in Colorado, and my still life and landscape paintings are in collections across the country. I am a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Impressionist Society, and Plein Air Artists Colorado.