Louise won her first art competition at the tender age of 14 when her teacher secretly submitted an acrylic monochromeof a master painting. She won her first ribbon! That early success set her on a journey that continues today.
Her life has taken many twists and turns. There was a stint in the military-then married with children, and finally, Louise returned to school and earned a Fine Arts degree. A move to northern Michigan and a workshop with Bill Hosner, opened up a love of the medium of soft pastel and a discipline of painting from life.
Louise has found success as a plein air painter, winning many regional and national awards. She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America and her work can be found in both private and corporate collections. Her time in Florida painting with the country's largest plein air group, the Light Chasers, and now winters in the low country of South Carolina, affords her year round access to the outdoors. Passing her knowledge to a new generation of pastel painters in workshops or one on one is a joy for Louise, like the time seeking out that perfect spot to paint.