Born in coastal Southern California in 1960 and living in the Mojave Desert, I spent my early years exploring nature. The seascapes of native wildflowers which sprouted after the Spring showers mesmerized my imagination and firmly implanted a hold on my love of color.
Traveling the world in later years, my appreciation of the wonders of the sea was awakened. Becoming a keen diver while living in Micronesia and Australia fostered my passion for the underwater gardens of the reef and further reinforced my love of all things bold, bright, and energetic.
I am a self-taught artist not afraid to indulge my own freedom of expression. I paint both in oils and acrylics, however, mostly favor acrylics as they continually challenge me and I love the desired effects achieved in working quickly with them. I'm inspired at the moment and it’s this type of discovery that truly excites me. Deliberate strokes of the brush, too, or fingers in conjunction with paint applied straight from the tube to canvas provide a fundamental fulfillment. That freedom of the inner child in me creates whimsical works which make me smile as if in my own hidden world. Manipulating paint onto a blank canvas is very rewarding and being engaged in the metamorphosis to capture a moment of form, texture, and movement never before seen is my Nirvana.
When the outcome of a completed painting inspires someone to reflect inward eliciting feelings of intrigue, warmth, and joy, and most importantly producing a smile I know that the final verdict is a success. I aspire to provide colorful artwork to viewers and collectors with the hope that they too will be as delighted as I am and raise a warm smile every time they capture a gaze at one of my paintings.
My work is filled with passionate energy, strong movement, and vibrant color. My subjects are fragments of the many memories of places seen or explored in nature throughout my travels. Many walk along the rock-pooled shoreline wondering what was beneath the surface, the bike ride escapes through the hills and trees looking for adventure and always wondering what was beyond the skyline. Several people who view my works comment that my paintings make them feel good. Some have said that I must be happy inside myself. That is very satisfying as I do choose to be happy and hope that is reflected in my work and brings a smile to others.