I consider myself fortunate to have lived in some of the most beautiful places on earth including Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Durango, Colorado, Kayenta, AZ, Oahu, HI, and now the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Each of these environments inspire me to paint what I feel about my visual experience and emotional response to Nature.
My primary subject is organic form, usually plant life, and abstract earth/ocean motifs.
I grew up in Durango, CO, and when I graduated from Fort Lewis College I took my first teaching job on the Navajo Reservation near Monument Valley. The beauty of the red rock desert of the Southwestern United States and it’s people remain a source of inspiration. While at Fort Lewis College, I studied with noted painter, Stanton Englehart, who will be an eternal influence on my work. I moved to Austin TX, from Oahu, Hawaii several years ago. My art work has been a golden thread that has allowed to connect all of these experiences.
For the past three years I have been a resident artist at Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios in Austin TX. Working with other award winning artists continues to be a motivational force and source of inspiration. Austin Art Space Gallery is now under the management of Austin Visual Arts Association, which offers opportunity to network and work with artists in the Austin area and across the nation. I work primarily with watercolors and acrylics, and am a Chroma Teaching Artist, which has opened new doors to experimental work and applications with a wonderful product. This program allows me to share what I have learned with other artists. I love to teach as well as to paint, and am available for small group lessons and demonstrations for Art organizations.
I recently took a course of study in plein air painting in oils at Rocky Mountain National Park, one of my favorite places on the planet. At the peak of the fall colors in bright sunshine, this was a fabulous learning experience. I am absolutely hooked on the process of painting outdoors. I agree with my instructor, John Hulsey, that a day painting outdoors is worth a week in the studio! Expect to see more of my new work in oils in 2012!
I hope you will enjoy viewing my work as I continue to grow and expand as an artist and painter. Thank you for visiting my site!