As an artist, I work abstractly and most often expressionistically. While I enjoy exploring, my paintings tend toward color field and most often reflect my love of the natural world. I am drawn to calm and balance, but try to seek an attentive calm; one that I and the viewer can sit with, but also must interact with and contemplate.
I enjoy working in many sizes and media. My primary medium is acrylic paint, but I also use oil paint with cold wax medium, watercolor, ink, and collage. I am a process-based painter in that I generally start a painting with an image, idea or emotion, an artistic principal I want to explore, or a tool or medium that I want to better understand. I rarely have a result in mind, but focus on finding the feel and expression by repeatedly responding to what is before me.
I began painting in retirement after several fortuitous encounters with artists and art teachers. My prior experience with crafts and photography informs my current work. I credit my willingness to explore new and artful ways to express myself to my early experiences with art and art literacy in my schools. Before I painted, I practiced law and avidly tutored and mentored. In addition to creating art, I enjoy promoting art in the community.