Art has been a main thread throughout my life. It wove through years of clothing design, interior design and resulted in the development of oil painting. When I started painting, it became a deep passion of mine. The idea of mixing colors and creating a painting was so fascinating to me. I love patterns of reflected light, subtle nuances of color and I am always looking for new ways to express my perceptions and feelings.
I grew up in a small Amish town in Indiana. Sometimes I find myself drawn back to the barns, farm animals and hay bales. Painting them takes me back home. The colors of the farmland in the spring, the smell of fresh hay all bring about a desire to paint them.
I have traveled throughout Europe painting an entirely different scene, vineyards and small villages, but there is no place like home. I have studied in Taos, Santa Fe, Scottsdale and Europe. Many great teachers have influenced me, but I am still in awe of the great Masters.
As in design work, I enjoy all styles of painting, still life with brilliant colors, and floral with a pallet knife and mixed media. My paintings hang in many collectors’ homes as well as corporate offices. I have won many awards for my work, which I am very grateful for. As a former owner of two galleries, I had little time to paint, but I am now teaching and painting full time. My desire is to touch the hearts of those that see my work, to influence and encourage those that love to paint as much as myself
The highlight of my art career was teaching President George W Bush January 2013, an unforgettable experience with a talented man and a great ex president.
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