Although my interests had always
been gripped by the ‘imaginative’ and creative arts—as
early as childhood—I did not have the amount of time needed
to devote to such things until my sons were ready to leave home.
In the interim, I spent 18 years as a photographer in New England.
My years spent as a photographer taught me to catch ‘moments,’ helped
refine my understanding of perspective and composition, and sharpened
my awareness of simple structure.
Shortly after moving to Spokane (in 1997) I found myself employed
as an inside salesperson for a local manufacturer. After years
of images gnawing away in my head that needed to be put into art
form, I made the decision to leave my employ and let my imagination
have its way with the canvas.
It has been VERY fulfilling and the pent up images in my head
are beginning to pour out … Letting art come alive in me
again is like a new childhood and a time for new self-discovery.
Acrylics on canvas: I am known to use many styles. I like representational
forms of art, impressionist settings, surrealistic visions, and
so on, while painting landscapes, Tuscan scenes, historic missions
and other types of old architecture, and, of course, original ideas
that insist on being expressed. And yes, I do enjoy painting things
that are purely imaginative. I believe that through the use of
imagination, much of our world has been constructed. Imagination
is the essence of creativity. It is the essence of me.
Pencil: Allows me to get into the complete detail of the subject.
Charcoal: Lets me be dramatic.
Clay: Is actually a favorite of mine. ‘I can give dirt dimension.’
AFA degree achieved in 1999 through two educational institutions;
Community College of R.I. and Whitworth College in Spokane, WA