I have a great appreciation for the beauty of nature and all its different settings. Deserts, mountains or prairies each hold their own appeal with varied terrain, wildlife, and climates. Painting is a great way for me to connect with nature. As I learn more about painting through classes, workshops, trial and error, and self study, I notice things I never noticed before. I see mountains in brushstrokes and shades of color. A tree holds a whole world of life, textures and interest; and light playing across the landscape is ever changing, creating wonderful shapes. I also see that it is not just a duck on a pond or a bird in a tree, but there are many different kinds of ducks and birds; each with their own magnificent colors and habits. Nature and painting are a perfect fit for me as one fuels passion for and a deeper understanding of the other.
   My paintings are realistic interpretations of what I see and love. I portray wildlife in its natural setting doing whatever it is that particular animal does. I want to share with others the wonders of that animal and their environment. I also paint close-up portraits of wildlife, paying close attention to the eyes, as the eyes are the soul of the animal. I hope others will see the intelligence of these animals and understand what a loss it would be if they were gone. I like to play with light and depth. I want viewers to not only see what I show them in the light area, but to imagine what's hiding in the depth and darkness behind the light.
   I paint or sketch as often as possible outdoors, but I also work in the studio from reference photos. Days not spent painting I can often be found in the country or at a wildlife refuge taking photos for future paintings. I have worked in most mediums, but have recently directed my focus to watercolor and colored pencil often mixed with scratch art or pyrography. I love the fluidity and transparency of watercolor. It's fun to watch what happens when you splash, pour, or blow the paint over the surface of your paper building one layer at a time. Each layer requires making decisions about lights and darks, the need for warm or cool colors, how much detail and texture should be included, and what I want to bring forward or push to the back to satisfy the composition. Colored pencil, scratch art and pyrography satisfy my need for detail and control. When I think I've finished a painting, I set it where I can see it in passing over the next few days to see if anything needs to be changed.
   I paint because it makes me happy. It is calming and allows me time to spend with the things I love. In the process, I hope my work helps others see and appreciate wildlife and the wonder of their fleeting environment as natural resouces that are both fragil and irreplaceable. I frequently donate paintings to help preserve these resources.