I believe my style is more like Impressionist than anything else though I never really decided intentionally to work in any specific "style". It just kind of developed out of my interest in the work of Cezanne, Renoir and Monet among others. My media is mostly pastel though I love mixed media too using pencil, pen & ink, watercolor and pastel. I paint landscapes because I love nature and want to show others the beauty of our desert lands and skies. I paint still-life choosing objects that work together to tell a story or convey an idea of what the person those objects belong to must be like.
I was born an army brat. With my mother, brother and sister we followed my father around the world from Army Base to Army Base. Never really belonging anywhere I didn't try to make many friends so drawing was how I entertained myself. When I was young drawing horses was one of my favorite pass times. Because we traveled a lot I can honestly say that nature has always fascinated me. I've never been anywhere that I couldn't find something to love about it.
I married young and raised two daughters in Austin, TX working first in data entry and later as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant. Once the girls were out on their own and I was no longer married I spent some years following another passion of mine as a Psychic and Tarot Reader. I lived in an RV and followed the fair circuit around the western US doing Psychic Fairs and Renaissance Festivals, where I picked up a talent in belly dancing as well as being the Gypsy Fortune teller. I traveled north in the summer and come back south in the winter. Each time I came through Arizona I stopped at a camp ground in southern Tucson and fell in love with the sunsets and sunrises and the beauties of the desert all over again so that after a few years when I came back to Tucson and saw the sunsets I felt like I was home.
So when one of my daughters called to tell me she had a job in Tucson and wanted me to come help her settle in I dropped everything and settled in here myself. Long story short, my daughter is back in Austin but I'm still here in Tucson.
I started drawing as a child. My favorite subject in school was Art but life got in the way. Now I have the time and so I create my artwork because I want to. It quiets my mind like transcendental meditation and lets me enter a world of my own.
Some of my other interests are drumming with local groups like the Desert Crones and playing the Didjorie Doo which is an Australian Aborigine type horn made of a hollowed out log, though all of mine are made of agave. Now as a member of the Tucson Pastel Society I am becoming more involved in the local art scene and loving it. I plan to spend the rest of my life recording the beauty and adventure of the world around me as an Artist.