My artistic journey began as a young child growing up in Montana. I desired to express myself in a creative manner and found joy in experimenting with watercolor and oils. As a child I set up a folding chair as my easel and found my own little studio in a corner of our basement. Calligraphy also sparked my interest at that time so the purchase of a Speedball book, nibs, and ink took me to my deep interest and study in the history of writing which I expressed in fine art, commercial art, and teaching during the majority of my career. My calligraphic art came full circle when an example of my work was published in the Speedball book.
Currently, plein air oil painting has taken me by storm. It was difficult in the beginning but I’ve grown to appreciate the value of working directly in nature to express my vision. I painted “Mount Clements” on a sunny late summer afternoon from just behind the visitor center at Logan Pass. The awesome vistas of Glacier National Park greatly inspire and energize me and exemplify the feelings I bring to my plein air painting experiences.
Art has been a part of my entire life’s journey in various disciplines. As Vincent Van Gogh stated, “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”