I draw most of my inspiration from my local surroundings. While I sometimes refer to myself as a “fledgling watercolorist” I have been painting and drawing my entire life. I was first drawn to watercolor in the 80’s when introduced to the beautiful artwork of Polly Hammett. During that time, while living in Houston, I took my first watercolor class from Polly and became hooked on the medium.
In 1997 we moved from Texas to Oregon. I was so inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest I wanted to paint everything. I began a series of workshops from local artists such as Anne Brooke, Doddie Hamilton, and Judy Morris. Thus began the development of my ever-evolving style
In 2007, in an “Intensive Studies Seminar” in Taos, NM, I studied with some of the country’s most celebrated and respected artists; Skip Lawrence, Fran Larsen, Katherine Liu, Alex Powers, and Christopher Schink. More recently I enjoyed workshops with Mary Whyte and John Lovett
I am a member of the Oregon Watercolor Society, and an Associate member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.