My journey to create art started early in life as I experienced the beauty of nature all around me. My grandmother loved to beach comb in the Carmel area. She took me with her and showed me how to create collages with shells, driftwood and seaweed at an early age. She also included me in her ceramics classes when I was quite young. Later, art classes at the University of Las Vegas grounded me with the basics of drawing, painting, and throwing pots on a wheel. Learning to fly fish, I discovered art of another kind that led to the "Zen" of gurgling streams, glistening trout, and glowing mountain sunsets.
After retiring 12 years ago, I launched myself into art in a big way taking oil painting lessons. I find the process of creating a painting a viscerally pleasurable experience - the consistency of the paint as it mixes together and flows from the brush to the canvas is exciting and often surprising. Seeing a painting come to life from a drawing or one of my own photographs is magical.
Currently, I am a member of the Northwest Oil Painters Guild and Society of Washington Artists. Prior to this I was a member of the Temecula Valley Art League and the Fallbrook Art Association. I have participated in the prestigious San Diego County Fair International Photography and Fine Art Competitions for several years. In addition, I have accepted commissions to recreate special memories of family members, both human and furry via original oil paintings. This is particularly rewarding.
Having moved to the PNW three years ago, my subjects have expanded to include whole new varieties of trees, flora, and fauna. Each day brings new visions to embrace on my canvas. A little whimsey included occasionally keeps me (and my clients) entertained.
Join me as I continue my journey to create.