I hold a BA degree in Fine Arts from Boise State University (1970) and MFA degree in painting from Washington State University (1974) and was an illustrator in the U.S. Army between schools. I live and work in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where I spend a lot of time painting the land and seascapes. I teach workshops in plein air pastel painting, around the U.S. and abroad (annual Dakota Art Workshops, Korcula Island, Croatia Sept. 2013, Bruges, Belgium, July 2016). My work has won 20 major awards in national level juried fine art competitions in the past 8 years, most recently a first place at "Paint Annapolis" 2013 and a top purchase award at Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational, November 2013. In 2014 I will be competing in the 21st Annual Carmel Art Festival and have been invited back to Zion National park Plein Air competition in November.
I am a plein air land and marine scape painter, working in pure pigment pastel, with a passion for manipulating form, color and light into imagery that gives ordinary places a special status. I analyze my subject carefully and then paint quickly, using all sensory elements, to nail down everything important to the task at hand . . . always pursuing the original idea and feeling that first tempts me into any site.
It is never enough to just paint-on-location. I must always be able to make, hold and present serious connections with my subject that deal with time, place and emotion.