My inspiration, as an artist, usually begins with Mother Nature. The brilliant colors that never seem to exist in a tube of paint, the contrast of light against the dark blue shadows, the subtle color changes of a gray snowy day at early morning, the mood, the feeling, the immensity of it and the microscopic details. As an artist I have a need and desire to capture the essence of the situation; to show others the story that I see. In my work I try to capture a moment in time that I find stimulating, whether real or imagined. My preferred medium is watercolor. I love the luminosity and transparency along with its unpredictable nature. I love to paint both en plein air and in my studio. I love plein air because of the fast pace, the spontaneity and the ever changing challenges that Mother Nature presents. I love studio painting because of the controlled and studied environment, which allows me to play with shapes and colors in a surrealistic manipulation of the subject. Whether inside or out I love the process of transferring my mental images onto paper, and hope that they also bring joy to those who see them.
I hold a Bachelors degree in Art Education and have taught in both public and private schools in Michigan. Before teaching I spent many years as a graphic artist.
In addition to my formal education I have studied with many internationally acclaimed watercolor artists in order to hone my artistic skills.
National watercolor society
International society of Experimental Artists
Michigan Water Color Society, Signature status
Dexter Plein Air Festival, Professional Juried artists since 2016