“Some of my earliest memories have to do with the joy of drawing. Sketching became a natural friend and outlet for my ideas in the imaginary and tangible world of my youth. Pulled to draw and depict things – I took every art class I could in high school and spent time with my sketchpad trying out new ideas. After majoring in art studies at Bethel College, I spent evenings taking classes in multiple media at the Wichita Center for the Arts.
When I realized that painting would become my passion, I pursued artist’s workshops whose work I greatly admired. To Ray Roberts, Joseph Lorusso, Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Jeff Legg, and Kim Casebeer; I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude for their generosity of spirit and keen insights.
Over the past fifteen years I have dedicated myself to oil painting. In addition to the teachers I mentioned above, countless trials of plein air (outdoor painting) experience have been my other best ‘teacher’. I love painting outdoors; being in nature and trying to capture the fleeting light/beauty of a unique space. Continuing to find challenge and beauty in depicting a variety of subjects is important to me in my development as an artist. I hope to share with you the dignity and grandeur of both the noble and the ‘forgotten’ people and places I have been so blessed to witness.”