I love painting. It is like mediating to me. I live
on the Sandy River, which provides endless inspiration, from pools in the
back yard to panoramic vistas of Mt Hood. Recently, my mind's eye has
been shaped by the movement and play of light on water, and textures on
trees and rocks, which are everywhere around me. Not until I began to
paint did I actually began to see, or perhaps to "notice". Color, texture and
light began to pop as I took time to be present with my surroundings.
Some of my paintings are also inspired by my travels, including some figu-
My style is photorealistic, but recently, my longstanding love of luscious
brush strokes and lost edges has called me to experiment with a more im-
pressionistic approach. It is difficult for me to remain loose and not "fix
everything! It is a fun challenge to create natural looking textures using
layers of paint and other techniques.