"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." "As a professional artist, I have spent twenty years painting in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, mixed media, and drawing in soft pastels. I enjoy drawing in pen and ink, which was my primary focus when I majored in Art in college. Now I am passionate about using pastels to capture animals, depict landscapes, and reveal human figures. 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 watercolors are very realistic, while my pastels are more impressionistic."
"My artistic life began at age five with drawings on paper. A Fine Art major in college after many years of art classes in grade school and high school made sense, but I had no desire to teach and the commercial artists I spoke to were not able to create what they wanted, so my goals changed. I graduated from college with a different major and a career far from art. Steve Naegle (AWS) taught me the basic techniques of watercolor painting. I have taken a variety of classes from art institutions and artist workshops over the years, with everything else being self taught. (Just finished Marla Baggetta's "Loosen Up + Expand!" pastel workshop - Thank you Marla!) Watching demonstrations in art organizations is one of the benefits of membership, and provides a tremendous opportunity to learn new methods of painting from other artists. My reference library of books acquired over the years continues to inspire and teach me. I highly recommend Joe Garcia's "Watercolor Bible" to any watercolorist. Mark Mehaffey's color techniques left a lasting impression on my knowledge base. Richard McKinley's "Pastel Pointers" is an excellent resource for any pastelist. The Denver landmark known fondly by locals as the DAM, the Denver Art Museum, is a continuing resource of inspiration and knowledge, with exhibits such as "Becoming Van Gogh" lingering in my memory with his experience in a variety of media and methods, and "Impressionism" with paintings loaned from European museums. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is another wonderful resource." "I began working in pastels in the summer of 2013 after 15 years of painting in water media. Immediate success with my pastels propelled me into embracing this media. Three pastels were accepted into a Denver show with national participants. I submitted my work for jury consideration by the Pastel Society of America and was accepted as an Associate that fall. Jane Christie and Stan Sperlak (both PSA) have greatly influenced my current pastel style and methods. My drawing ability, which is a basic requirement for pastels, I consider a precious gift. It brings great joy to my life. I will continue to expand my experience with new techniques and subjects, and experiment in my future work to keep it interesting. (Now I can add Marla's techniques to my creative process - let's see what happens...)"