Welcome. I call the Pacific Northwest home, living in the small city of Longview, Washington nestled between the I-5 corridor and the coast. My work has been exhibited in Northwest shows and exhibitions and has received numerous awards.
I began painting in 2009 at age sixty. Each day I worked to capture and develop my skills while at the same time trying to find my direction, my passion. I painted a variety of subjects, including landscapes and still lifes, but I was always drawn to people, especially women. It wasn't until 2017, that I found the avenue I wanted to walk down; part illustrator, part impressionist and part abstractionist.
I pull my inspiration from black and white photographs from as early as the 1930s, mostly European. My subjects are usually women cast in the daily ritual of living life. I seek a certain pose, a glance, an attitude, a silent emotion that speaks to me. I work with black and white references because I do not want to be bound to the photo’s realism both in structure and color. Subtlety and simplicity work into my style. Every detail is not necessary to convey an emotion. I make the subject my own.