I started painting as a landscape painter because of a sense of awe and identification with the land itself. Like the Northern romantic painters who sought the supernatural in the natural; I, too, seek that spiritual connection with nature. Having spent many hours painting outside on sight, I now divide my painting time between en plein air painting and time in my studio either developing those paintings or creating new works which are inspired by the work outside.
I was born in
but spend most of my childhood in Dallas, Texas. Childhood memories of the brown hills of California and the big skies of Texas drive me west, and I spend much of my time painting in and around Jackson, Wyominga place where my soul is fed.
Education includes: BA in Elementary Education, Austin College, Sherman, Texas; A in Art, Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama, MFA in painting, American University, Washington, D.C.