My oil paintings begin by responding to the landscape. I begin by painting directly from life, then continue the conversation in the studio. My hope is that the viewer has a spark of recognition, and experiences their own moment.
I’ve appreciated and collected art throughout my adult life. But my secret desire was to be a painter myself. I tried to paint several times over the years, but was often discouraged with the results. I tried to fit art instruction into my life, but I didn’t give it enough time or effort to get the results that I wanted.
When I retired, I joined a local art class and focused on learning the process. I was blessed to find a kindred spirit in one of my classmates and we started painting en plein air (in the open air). I finally found my connection between the desire, painting process and the moment!
I continue to learn about the process through workshops, online classes and reading. I continue be in the moment when I paint outside.