Through painting, my hope is to share the exhilaration I feel when encountering each unique scene in nature. I love to infuse my plein air landscapes and florals with vivid color and subtle texture to express the feeling of a particular scene. Whether hiking in our foothills, exploring the Central Valley or watching nearby flowers bloom, the landscape is a constant source of artistic inspiration. I first complete many of my paintings as outdoor studies, en plein air, and interpret or enlarge these initial works later in my studio using using photos as scenic reminders.
Biography and Art Education
Born in southern California, I moved to the Bay Area in the early 1960s, when much of the region was agricultural. Nearby outdoor views and years of family trips to our national parks were early inspirations. What started as oil painting classes in childhood ultimately became a lifelong journey.
In parallel with separate career and volunteer pursuits, my art education has included nearly 15 years at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto Art Center and California Academy of Painters, with Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt. I continue to study with Van Waldron and take workshops whenever possible, most recently with Brian Blood, Lindy Duncan and Camille Przewodek.