Born and raised in Montana, I came to Wyoming to teach school. I loved the landscapes, the mountains, the outdoor life, and something in me wanted to paint, to share what I loved with others. My first formal art education was at Sheridan College, taking a class here and there for teacher recertification. Since that time I have taken many terrific workshops from talented people, each who have left their mark on my work. My painting is a blend of impressionism and realism. I aim for a loose style, bold color, and to capture a feel in a scene. Watercolor is a favorite medium, because of its transparency, spontaneity, and freshness. I occasionally work in oil, pastel, and have done a little mixed media.
I spend as much time as I can, on horseback, in the Wind River Mountains. Much of my subject matter comes from the ranch life and outdoors I enjoy so much. Painting on location has improved my powers of observation and helped to create my own style of interpreting nature. I am continually learning new ways to make my paintings more expressive and spontaneous. Through the years, I have challenged myself to go beyond painting what I see to trying to capture what I feel. My goal is to create work that speaks from my heart and hopefully, that work will touch others as well.
I am moved by “suggestion” in a painting, more so than a real detailed painting. I attempt to paint a scene with as few brush strokes as I can, leaving it fresh and spontaneous. When I share my observations through painting, I appreciate nature all the more. I find beauty in simplicity. The more I paint, the greater my awareness. It is a gift I give myself…..
My painting endeavors have been an adventure, sometimes painful and frustrating, sometimes joy filled. A successful piece makes my heart sing and my feet want to dance. But not every painting is successful. In my journey, I have learned to find joy in the process of creating and joy in the process of learning and maturing. My work will always be changing.