My journey as a painter started 10 years ago when I decided that although I loved photography, using Adobe Photoshop to create feats of magic and mastering the mystery of layers, it was just not enough to satisfy the gnawing hunger and desire for more. So, I picked up a paintbrush and took a leap of faith into the unknown. That began a painful, soul searching decade accompanied with extreme frustration and impatience with myself. I am thankful for my artistic friends who saw the emergence of a budding talent and continued to encourage and mentor me through waves of discontent and frustration to the mysterious and fascinating world of art. The process has been life changing and healing. My determination to master color techniques, composition and design has taken me to levels that I never thought I could accomplish. I love the energetic vibrancy of color. It seems to dance on my canvas and bring new life with each stroke. I have been called a natural colorist and after a decade of painting, I am now confident that is a true statement.
Acrylic on canvas is my medium of choice and the use of bold color and design make my work exciting and easily recognizable. The development of a unique style continues to blossom and seems to change from one painting to the next, yet I see a thread of consistency connecting it all. What I have learned is to quiet my internal mental commentary, stay present as the Buddha has instructed, and simply stay out of my own way.
My passion for horses, action, cowboys, the Southwest and animal whimsy permeates my paintings. Of course, this dream of painting what I love has had its obstacles. How do I get the reference material I need to paint so it becomes an original piece of art? The Tucson rodeo has been a garden of ideas and creativity for me since the first day I stepped onto the fairgrounds 8 years ago and got roped into the rodeo. Photographing wild horses is another avenue to gather material, and I must thank my “horse-gentler” for teaching me how to safely walk amongst these magnificent beasts and stay out of harm’s way. I am blessed to have this amazing gift and will continue to pursue the world of color, composition and artistic pursuits as long as there is paint to be had!