My interest in art began with photography at a very young age. I received my first camera, a Kodak Disc Camera, as a gift at the age of 13. Throughout the years, I enjoyed film photography until digital cameras were available in the late 1990’s. I was an early adopter of this technology, because of the thrill the instant gratification digital photogrpahy provided. Around the same time I began to study web and graphic design. I have been designing websites for non-profits and friends since 1998.
In 2015, I started oil painting. My first experience with this medium was a few lessons through the Longmont Community Center. Now I am studying under Rick Stoner in his studio above the Firehouse Art Center. Coincidentally, my mother & grandmother were oil painters who started in mid-life; I seem to be following this tradition!
However, unlike my family members, my favorite subject matter is animals, and especially our pet companions. I love animals and how unique each one is; each one has personality quirks and this is why we love them. My work represents the close bond that humans share with our furry companions. With influences such as Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, my work is both bold and direct, including intense color combinations that push the bounds of reality by embracing high contrast tones into everyday life. Ever since my first experience with photo developing and now with my painting, I have been fascinated by variations of color and composition.
The reason I create art is because painting brings me a deep peace and tranquility, especially when my subject is that happy face who greets you when you open the door to your home.
I am a board member of the Longmont Artist’s Guild in charge of our venue committee, newsletter, website and social media. I am also an active member of Boulder County Arts Alliance, Arts Longmont, Firehouse Arts Center and the Left Hand Artists Group.