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

Boulder Plein Air Festival Opening Reception and Show

Fortitude -Plein Air Pastel at Pella Crossing

Fortitude (Pella Crossing) | Plein Air Pastel | 9 X 12

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 Sat – 6/17 and Sun –  6/18. at the Boulder Creative Collective, 2500 47th Street Unit 10 in Boulder.

Please stop by!

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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Reflections on a plein air painting

I enjoy taking the plein air experience into a deeper exploration in the studio. The plein air study guides me since I have a ‘visual memory’ of that place. The time spent in looking and painting creates a richer studio piece — photos can never do justice to the light, range of color and texture […]

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Great Frameup Gallery – Reception Friday February 10

Just a Reminder! Winter Stills A retrospective of works by the students of Rey Ford Join me for the opening reception February 10, 5-8 pm The Great Frame Up Artists’ Gallery 430 Main Street Longmont, Colorado 80501 The show runs February 10 – March 4, 2017

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The Promise of Spring – January 22

Last week I painted at Coot Lake. Much of the snow was melting from our recent storm here in Colorado. The late afternoon sun was warm on my face and sounds of birds filled the air. This January thaw reminded me that spring was just around the corner!  

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Longmont Artists Guild Demonstration – January 11

I wanted to extend a big ‘thank you’ to the Longmont Artists Guild for asking me to demo for their January meeting. We had a great group of people as I did the demo. For more information about their group and upcoming events go to: http://longmontartistsguild.org/    

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Great Frameup Gallery – Reception Friday February 10

Winter Stills A retrospective of works by the students of Rey Ford Join me for the opening reception February 10, 5-8 pm The Great Frame Up Artists’ Gallery 430 Main Street Longmont, Colorado 80501 The show runs February 10 – March 4, 2017

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