Paintings

Nature
Landscapes
 The world contains a wide variety of landscapes, whether the tropics, the desert, the mountains or even my own backyard. I strive in my landscape paintings to create the mood and harmony of a place so that the viewer might experience it for themselves and feel a connection there.
Domestic Animals and Wildlife
From a very early age, I’ve been fascinated with and loved both domestic animals and wildlife.  As a former elementary school teacher, I once had as many as 13 classroom pets, everything from an iguana to a tarantula and a pair of mice.  As an artist, I endeavor to capture the various colors, textures, expressions and personalities I see with detail that truly represent what the viewer will see in real life.

Flowers and Plants
I’ve spent many hours in my own garden and in nature observing the beauty of plants and flowers that I have photographed and ultimately used as subject matter for my paintings.  The intricate and delicate nature of flowers pose an interesting challenge in watercolor painting that I enjoy. 
Still Life
Still Life
My still life paintings encompass a variety of subject matter and are usually chosen from subjects that have some sentimentality to me.  I come from a family that has passed down both practical and collectible things over the years. I live with many of these memory-makers, and although they may be only “still” objects, they have indeed been a big part of the people they have lived with over the years.  My goal is to bring their stories to “life” in my paintings.  
People
People
People can be extremely interesting and dynamic subjects to paint for various reasons. I’ve painted portraits of family members and people I known, focusing on bringing that person’s likeness and personality to life on paper.   Traveling  and experiencing new cultures has sparked my interest to paint some of those individuals I have encountered  in their natural settings going about their daily lives.  It is my hope that through my painting, the viewer will find something interesting to learn about the stranger in the painting as well as be able to find empathy with that stranger’s human experience.

Man Meets Nature
Man Meets Nature
Regardless of the subject matter, my paintings most often seek to express a sense of peacefulness. In Man Meets Nature, I enjoy painting the beauty and peacefulness of nature in juxtaposition with the influence of man or man-made objects. Often in my paintings you will see how the natural world begins to reclaim what man has placed there.
Cultural Encounters
Portraits of Paradise
This series of thirty-two, 6”x6” paintings was completed following a 3 week trip to the South Pacific region. It is a reflection of my interaction with the people, landscapes, textiles, flora, fauna and culture. Each painting took an average of 12 hours to paint, totaling 384 hours for the series! Selecting a variety of images of different subject matter to include in the series was indeed as hard task, as there were so many wonderful moments worthy of becoming a painting.

Coming Soon!
Glimpses of Guatemala

Abstract
Abstract
Occasionally I paint abstract or non-realistic paintings. I enjoy working with the design elements in an abstract composition. Although abstract art may still need careful planning for a good design, creating it can be very freeing and sometimes more spontaneous than a traditional painting. The first painting I ever sold was an abstract!

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