I love to experience nature and find beauty in ordinary things, and in painting, I enjoy finding subtleties in color, shape, light and shadow. The scenes in my paintings are glimpses of life in which I delight in the way light and shadow play to create beautiful contrasts. When I am painting and out in nature I feel close to God and my soul is at peace. I hope that the viewer will enter into the scene and experience the joy and peace that is there.
Drawing and painting was a natural part of my childhood and has grown with me throughout my life. I attended Spring Arbor University, majoring in fine art with a concentration in oil painting with additional education at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and plein air workshops with professional artists. Early works received honorable mention in student exhibits and were accepted into juried shows and galleries. For several years, my artistic attention was devoted to teaching art classes to middle and high school students. Since moving to Summersville in 2012, I enjoy West Virginia’s wild and wonderful outdoors and my art celebrates the beauty I find. My paintings have won awards and been accepted into several juried shows. An active member of my community, I serve on the local council for the arts and contribute to educational art programs. Professional memberships include Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Allied Artists of West Virginia, and the Tri-State Arts Association.