My inspiration to become an artist was influenced by observing nature and the changing seasons in the rolling hills of southeastern Indiana near the Ohio River where I grew up. Later in life, after moving to California, I studied painting with Susan Sarback and Rhonda Egan.
I enjoy the French Impressionist style of painting; loose brush strokes and vibrant use of color to capture the fleeting changes in the landscape. My emotions are stirred by the light and color of the landscape as each season blends into the next. Hiking along the American River, in the Sierra Nevada, at the Bodega Headlands and trips to Indiana provides an unending source of material for my landscape paintings.
I participate in the Yolo Arts’ Art and Agriculture Project and find great pleasure in creating art with other artists during trips to farms throughout Yolo County. I take photographs and use them for reference when I cannot finish a painting on location.