I work mostly in transparent watercolor. From childhood I have been nearly compelled to make pictures and other forms of art. Over the course of many years, I have found the medium of watercolor to be both practical in use and delightful in results. I am essentially self-taught, and forever learning. As my schedule allows, I paint weekly with a group of plein air artists, convening at a wide range of locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. With these friends I enjoy the atmosphere, at times calm and at times exhilarating, the views, both mundane and extraordinary, the critiques of seasoned artist friends, and the camaraderie of all. The created world is splendidly colorful, and this delights me; I try to find the fleeting brilliance or the muted nuances of color out there that others might not see, and present these discoveries to viewers of my paintings.
Prior to about 2006 when I began plein air painting, most of my paintings were studio produced works of floral still life or garden subjects. Presently, in addition to botanical motifs, much of my work is the product or by-product of plein air outings, some of it done largely on location, and some of it done in the studio using the plein air work as reference material for larger paintings.
Where I am not able to paint in my travels, I snap photos of interesting sights, and often use these to create paintings back in the studio. I sometimes accept commission work, and have enjoyed creating a number of landscape pieces for clients who have in mind a particular location, sometimes one in vintage family photos, sometimes a place of personal significance.