Painting began as a way to bring art into my classroom. It soon took on a life of its own. I love painting the outdoors. As I travel, I make quick sketches or paintings as I go. If I am riding my Harley, I try to memorize certain vistas and paint them later in the room. I take these sketches and studies into my studio to work into larger paintings. I take photos, but the freshness of the plein air paintings allows me to remember the wonderful colors and light that no photo can show. As a result, my paintings are representations of what I see, not necessarily of what is actually there. I paint on traditional watercolor paper, but love to experiment with Yupo and TerraSkin brand “papers”.
I have had paintings juried into and won awards in exhibitions sponsored by ISA, the Schorr Gallery, and the Utah Watercolor Society. My paintings have also been juried into Western Federation and Pioneer Memorial Theater exhibitions.
I am a signature member of UWS and volunteer as the UWS Exhibition Chair and the Paint Spot newsletter editor. I am also a signature member of WFWS, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.