I started painting after my family was grown and beginning their own careers and families. I returned to school at Indiana University East and studied art under the instruction of Tom Thomas and attended several workshops and classes around the country including instructors, Ron Mack, Robert Eberle, Ray Stevens, Nancy Foureman, and Doris Turnbaugh.
My paintings are often of the natural beauty of the mid west's agricultural countryside, lakes, rivers, lay of the land, and wildlife. Working in pastel, oil, and watercolor, I also paint figurative, street scenes, gardens, and other subjects inspired by travels to the southwest, the east coast, and Europe. My style is mostly impressionistic with color and light being of most importance.
I may be found painting en plein air where my emotions have sent me, in my own "back yard", or home in my studio. My goal is to paint the beauty of the world around us and give the viewer a heightened awareness of the familiar. The greatest compliment is when someone sees my painting and says, "I feel this place".