I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1987 with a BFA in Illustration. After a few years in the commercial art field, I moved back to my hometown of Charlevoix, Michigan to pursue a career as a watercolor artist. The past years have been spent entering shows, competitions and studying with renowned watercolor artists in the United States and Europe. My work has been accepted into the Michigan Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's annual juried exhibitions with many awards and recognitions, including a first place national award in 2008.
I label my work as rustic-romantic, featuring architectural elements and landscapes of northern Michigan, historic cities nationwide and Europe. Most recently, I have also started painting in oils again, mainly for plein air work. I am finding it a challenging and rewarding step to my growth as an artist, and look forward to see how the two mediums will influence each other.
"My approach to painting is a quest to take ordinary subject matter and render it memorable. My imagery is chosen usually for light and shadow - I enjoy the way sunlight falls across architecture, reflects in unexpected areas and creates wonderfully shaped shadows. Watercolor, for me, portrays this luminosity in the most delicate and surprising way."