I am a retired educator who has been drawing and painting for about eighteen years. For the most part I am a self-taught artist and I have benefited from many workshops with outstanding instructors including Don Andrews, Mary Todd Beam, Carla O’Connor, Frank Francese, Judi Betts, Nita Leland, and John Salminen. I have received numerous awards for my work. I work mostly in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and enjoy creating abstract and non-objective pieces.
Since I started painting late in life, I was not sure of my purpose, but felt the strong pull to discover what I was meant to create. What a journey it has been and continues to be! Much of my work concentrates on intuitive painting, discovering where I am going in a painting as I travel through the process. Some of my work is deliberate, perhaps a mixed media piece of an incredible mountain scene or an abstract representation of a raptor in flight. My love of nature and my surroundings is evident in my plein air pieces along with my work done in my studio.
I am so drawn to the process of visual art and hope that my work evokes emotion when the resulting product is revealed. I love to share the gift I have been given with others!