About my Work
I live on Whidbey Island, a ferry ride northwest of Seattle, Washington. I’ve spent most of my life in Washington and Oregon and much of my work expresses my love of the Pacific Northwest. I feel comfortable painting this part of the world because I have ingrained in me the sense of this area – the colors, textures and the feel of the atmosphere.
I have been painting with watercolor for almost 15 years. I've loved the medium since I was young, but I tried working with it only occasionally, thinking it was too difficult to handle.
Although I didn’t study art in college, I spent many hours in my young life drawing. It was my passion and still is. Most of my work career was spent on the commercial side of art, working at various times as a free-lance artist, a fashion illustrator and an art director. I think I learned a lot along the way that I was able to apply to my painting.
When I finally decided to try watercolor again, I had the great fortune to be included in the class of a fabulous local artist. I learned things you could do with the medium that I never imagined. I have come to love it even more. I think more than any other medium it allows for the wonderful blending of control and spontaneity.
I’ve painted on hot press paper most of my watercolor career, but recently have begun working on Ampersand Aquabord. It’s hardboard with an acid-free textured clay surface. Many of my recent paintings are on this surface. The work on Aquabord doesn’t require framing under glass. I’m able to coat a painting with several layers of varnish, and frame it just like an oil or an acrylic.
Currently I paint the land and water around me and portraits of people and animals. I am available for commissions, and specialize in portraits of dogs.