My art journey began as a child in Nevada’s high desert and has blossomed in the lush greenery of western Oregon. Nature has given me a feast for the eyes in shifting colors, lights and patterns. I try to capture those elements in my paintings, relying on realistic interpretations to help my subjects tell their stories.
Just as nature presents changing views, my artwork has been through several changes, too. As a high school student, I was not encouraged to follow my leanings towards art, but became “self-taught” as I pursued unrelated careers.
Once in Oregon, I was fortunate to find excellent teachers who helped me develop my skills in oils, acrylics and watercolor. Barbara Thelen, Karen Lewis, Shirlee Lind and Melissa Gannon all offered excellent instruction. Now that I’m retired, I’ve shown my work in the Three Rivers Art Gallery, Citizens Bank Gallery, Oregon City Public Library, and Oak Grove Water District. I received five ribbons for my paintings at the 2019 Clackamas County Fair and another at the North Clackamas Arts Guild Show. My reaction was total disbelief followed by such grateful joy that the judges liked my work!
Though my painting subjects are diverse, each has a backstory of personal significance. “Days Gone By” shows an abandoned boat – my deceased father’s boat, which spent many days on the water. My many paintings of lavender fields remind me of happy days with my husband, who crouched low to the ground to snap my reference photos for me.
I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy creating them! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and can find me on Facebook and Instagram .