Art has always been a part of my life. I grew up surrounded by paintings my parents bought and became acquainted with works by famous artists from early childhood.
I received a BFA from the University of Washington. After many years of graphic design work, teaching art classes, and other art endeavors I returned to my fine art roots, concentrating on watercolor painting.
In my paintings I strive to create recognizable images without being photographic, using the contrast of light and shadow to define the forms. By minimizing detail and letting the viewer's eye complete the picture I hope to help capture the essence of the subject. While some compositions lend themselves to metaphors, mostly I want the viewer to enjoy the beauty of color and shapes based on the world around us.
Sometimes to see a subject most clearly requires using colors or shapes which are unexpected. This is especially evident living in eastern Washington where the intense sunshine provides opportunities to capture striking contrasts of light and shadow. The resulting shapes and colors are often unexpected, yet still create a recognizable subject.
Many of my paintings have abstract backgrounds contrasted with a more precise rendering of the subject. When I am concentrating on a subject, the environment is secondary to observing the beauty of the form. That is what I want to share with the viewer—seeing a familiar subject from a slightly different perspective.