A few years ago I was convinced by my daughter's art teacher, Jana Botkin, that I could learn to draw. I was immediately hooked and progressed from graphite, to color pencil, and then to pastel, which I have embraced for the intensity and depth of color. I feel my work shows my passion for the outdoors, especially the beautiful scenery here on the Central Coast of California. Besides doing plein air painting, I also use photo references from the many hikes I take. That's one reason paths are a frequent motif in my work. I have long been interested in wildflowers and have been excited by the variety to be found around San Luis Obispo, so that is another frequent element in my paintings. I really admire the shapes and variations to be found in trees, and frequently use them as focal points or to frame my art. The rugged coastline here is another focus of my painting. I look for interesting light patterns playing on the cliff faces and waves. I also love hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada and enjoy painting the brilliant colors of fall there. The red rocks of Utah are another source of inspiration.
I have attended workshops by Liz Haywood Sullivan, Margaret Dyer, Margot Schulzke , Terri Ford, Clark Mitchell, Gil Dellinger, and Kim Lordier, Glenna Hartman, Claire Verbiest, Suzie Stach,all of whom have furthered my interest and ability to paint in pastel. I'm a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Painters Group of the SLO Art Museum, the Morro Bay Art Association, the Paso Robles Art Association, the Cayucos Art Association and the Allied Arts Association of Cambria.
I received 2nd place at the Mid-State Fair in 2017 and 2016, first place in 2015 and honorable mentions in 2013 and in 2012 and 2010 at the Allied Arts juried shows. I placed first in the Galaxy 2010 juried show and was juried into Galaxy '12. I received 2nd place in the Beacon Art 2016 show and was juried into the 2015, 2013, 2012, '11, '10 and '09 shows. I was juried into Brushstrokes 2015, 2013, '12, '10 and '09 competitions. I was awarded in the TPG 2017 and 2015 shows at the SLO Museum of Art. Prior to my life as an artist, I lived and raised a family in Visalia, CA. I taught German and English for 34 years.