"My artistic gift is part of who I am, and pervades my life whatever I am doing. I am always observing and ready to capture a special moment. My work is realistic, but it is not my intent to exactly reproduce a photograph or scene. Painting is for allowing the viewer to see passages of light, pattern, heightened color, and edited subject matter in order to communicate a creative idea or impression."
"I began drawing on paper at age five. After years of art classes in grade school and high school, I started out with a Fine Art major in college, but graduated with a different major and a career far from art. Through the years I have taken a variety of art classes and workshops, with everything else being self taught. Steve Naegle (AWS) taught me the basic techniques of watercolor painting. My reference library of books acquired over the years continues to inspire and teach me. Joe Garcia's "Watercolor Bible" and Mark Mehaffey's color techniques have left a lasting impression on my knowledge base. As a professional artist, I have spent twenty years painting in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, mixed media, and now drawing in soft pastels. I continue to enjoy drawing in pen and ink, which was my primary focus when I majored in Art in college. I began working in pastels in the summer of 2013 after 15 years of painting in water media. Immediate success propelled me into embracing soft pastels. Richard McKinley (PSA-MP), author of "Pastel Pointers", Jane Christie (PSA), and Stan Sperlak (PSA) have greatly influenced my current pastel style and methods. Marla Baggetta (PSA) "Loosened Up" my approach and changed the way I see my subjects, simplifying my process. The luminosity, atmospheric perspective, and speed at which I am able to show the visual qualities of the subject are keeping me absorbed with pastels. In addition, I can paint them at any location (plein air), which allows me the freedom of moving outside my studio. My favorite subjects in soft pastels are landscapes and animals, and I prefer using Ampersand Museum Panels or grey sanded papers. My watercolors are very realistic, while my pastels are more impressionistic. I consider my drawing ability to be a precious gift. Art brings great joy to my life, whatever media I use. It has gotten me through some of life's most difficult moments. I will continue to expand my experience with new techniques and subjects, and experiment in my future work to keep it interesting."