Seems like I have always painted. Though I have tried many mediums: printmaking, encaustic,sculpture and collage, oil painting always holds me in its challenge. No other material has the seductive quality or expressive physicality of oil paint. So I return to it like a lover. I am not afraid of color.
After graduating with a BFA in Painting from Kansas University, I moved to Austin Texas, and found new growth both in my work and in independence. I participated in the Austin Annual, and exhibited my work in galleries and various art venues. Soon after I felt the need to grow. I left Austin in 1988 and entered the wonder and beauty of the Pacific Coast. I have lived and worked in this area for twenty years and consider it my hometown. I have two daughters who bring me back to earth on an hourly basis. I paint with freedom and peace and relish every moment I am gone without being gone.
I also teach kids how to see art in everything during art camp at my studio in the summers. I have been teaching art to kids for 15 years, both privately and in the classroom setting. Painting is my means of survival. Without it I am very grumpy. With it I find peace.