My paintings incorporate a blend of Tonalism and Impressionism and reflect my mood and emotions. I gain my inspiration from nature. However, my work is never a duplicate of what I visually see, but rather an interpretation based on a sensation, idea, or impression of a particular location or photograph.
I mostly paint rural scenes -- nature that we have not yet destroyed. I want my work to convey a message of peace and harmony yet contain energy and movement.
My father, who painted as a hobby, introduced me to oil paint at the age of eleven. I have worked in watercolor and acrylic, but prefer oil because I find it less restrictive, allowing me to express myself more freely.
I am a retired Realtor with college degrees in English Education and English Literature. I currently own and operate a pet sitting service with the help of my son, which gives me ample time to paint. I can't envision my life without painting. At my easel, I'm lost in my work. It's exciting yet relaxing. And energizing but calming. The world of art truly unlocks my imagination.