Nature inspires me. Rocks, trees, water, and flowers have hidden colors that call to be teased out in a painting. I spend a good deal of time at our family home in Yosemite National Park, which feeds my creativity.
Interesting shapes and bright colors influence my choices. A fascinating shape is often the first thing that attracts me to a subject. When painting, I like to look beyond the colors typically associated with the subject and pursue the feeling, rather than the photographic detail of it.
Watercolor is my preferred medium, because it lends itself to beautiful layering and blending. I am currently using liquid watercolors that enable me to achieve intense colors while retaining the ability to create delicate washes.
My mother was a watercolorist, and I spent time both learning from her and taking workshops with her. I have had worshops from fine instructors such as Jane Burnham, Stephen Quiller, John Salminen, Dale Laitinen, and Mike Bailey.
I do not sell prints of my work, preferring instead to imagine my original paintings gracing the walls of my customers.