Welcome to my gallery! I am a mixed watermedia landscape artist, meaning that I use watercolor, gouache, acrylic and casein in combination on various supports. I throw in a little pastel and watercolor crayons from time to time, some collage, and very occasionally, when the weather is nice and I can paint outside, some oil sticks. In other words, I experiment a lot, love color and tend to follow my intuition to some exciting places. Hope you enjoy your visit.
I was born with a strong creative bent, though I didn't start painting seriously until I was in my mid-40s. Before that, I drew, photographed, wrote, designed garden beds and newspaper pages, redid old houses: why? Simply because I am compelled to create and am unhappy when I do not do so.
My drawing and black and white photography background stood me in good stead as a painter since colors are drapes for good compositions and value choices. I began as a watercolorist, but found the constraints of transparent watercolor chafing. Fortunately, I found some modern watermedia painters who have learned how to incorporate different water-based mediums in one painting, a liberating breakthrough. And these artists generously share their knowledge.
There was never any question for me what I would paint. I find nature fresh, intriguing and just a little dangerous, and have spent as much time with her as possible throughout my life. I love the play of light, from moment to moment, across the landscape. It thrills me. And in my paintings I seeks to capture not only the place but also my response to it, which I'd like to share with you in the following pages.