Artist Bio: I started painting in oils at age 14. My landscape won a juried show at 15, encouraging me to forge ahead. In college, I worked mainly on large scale ink wash paintings. As a senior, my portrait of an uprooted stump won the Paul R. Sample award. For the next decade, I was occupied with medical training, and did no painting, though I did do some ink drawing.
My watercolors began in the 1980’s, with classes from Stan Miller, who gave me most of my formal instruction. I did only watercolors for about 25 years. I entered and won shows with the Spokane Watercolor Society and Art on the Green. About 5 years ago, I resumed working in oil, mostly for larger scale work. I customarily work on an oil and a watercolor simultaneously, often a portrait and a landscape subject.
Artist Statement From the 1960’s through the present, my paintings have been resolutely representational, and I have resisted following fads. Traditional concerns of composition, drawing, values and color keep me quite busy enough. I aim to create paintings that are accessible, but worth the attention of other painters. The work should speak for itself, and not require a narrative to convince the viewer.