Artist’s Statement

I am inspired by the beautiful patterns, colors and designs in the surrounding world and am driven to look closely at this beauty and interpret it in a fresh way.

My senses are open to the hidden color in everyday landscapes; the deep purple of a cast shadow, the soft pink in a winter sky, and the bright red of a maple in autumn. Whether scenes are local or distant they often allow us to recollect a place that gives a special connection. By sharing these quiet observations with the viewer, I hope they too will stop and look more carefully at the beauty in their surroundings, and that this will evoke a place or memory within themselves.

Pastels are my medium of choice. They allow me to create shimmering, heightened color effects as well as draw; and they support the freedom of spontaneity in my work.

I balance my pieces between studio and plein-air. Working in nature forces one to capture the essence quickly, while a studio environment allows a deeper exploration.

Recent Posts

Studio Tour this Weekend!

I’m busy setting up my house and studio for the tour this weekend. And, finishing up some studio pieces. Pictured above is a pastel painted from an image I took on a San Juan float trip a few years back. And a studio oil of roses from my garden. I’ll be sad to see the […]

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Longmont Studio Tour – September 23 & 24, 11am – 5pm

Join me this weekend for the Longmont Studio Tour! I’ll be showing a collection of original pastel and oil paintings as well as cards, bookmarks and prints.  

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The Wind Rivers Backpacking – August 8- 14th

Several weeks ago we spent six days backpacking in the Winds Rivers in Wyoming. We hiked 12 miles into an area around Island Lake  An outfitter brought in our heavy supplies along with my pastels!  Above is a piece that I painted at our campsite on Island Lake. It was breathtaking to spend a week […]

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Paint Out in RMNP August 2nd

Several weeks ago I spent the morning with my friend and fellow painter Joan Wolbier at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Below is a piece that I began as plein air and finished in the studio. As the wind kicked up and we were packing up a group started fly fishing. They became […]

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Boulder Plein Air Festival Opening Reception and Show

Last night was the opening reception for the Boulder Plein Air Festival.  I was awarded 2nd prize for my piece Fortitude painted at Pella Crossing. I have eight paintings hanging. All were done over this last five days. And sold two pieces! I am grateful for the support. Exhibit hours are from 10 – 5 […]

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June Upcoming Shows & Events

HAPPY JUNE! Summer is finally here! The pastel featured above “Crane Hollow Barn” is one of two pastels accepted into the annual PACC show to be held on Friday, September 8th. I am excited to be part of the show this year. I also have several events upcoming in June and August. Please mark your […]

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It’s a Jungle Out There – May 1

Over the last year I have been working on a commission for some friends. It was inspired by our mutual love (and hate relationship) for Kauai roosters. I took photos and did studies on a trip to our friends house on Kauai last year. I completed it last week and sent it off to a […]

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Dirt Road Diaries – May 1

Happy May Day! I spend a lot of time driving the dirt roads near my home and studio in the early morning looking for new and old inspiration. I’m lucky to live close to so many beautiful, quiet places. This old barn is one of my favorite haunts. I set my easel up next to […]

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April 22 – Light Play Over the Foothills

This studio piece captures one of my favorite hikes  up Rabbit Mountain north of Boulder. Early morning is especially beautiful when the light skims over the foothills and shadows play across the landscape.

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