I was born in the U.S. & studied drawing & painting most of my young adult years. Ever since I can remember I seemed to always have a pencil or crayon in my hand copying photos or any image I could get my hands on. My first oil painting set was given to me at age ten and the rest is history. I studied Art History & took every drawing & painting class I could enrol in grade school & high school & then went on to university where I received a BA in Art History & Studio & then an MA in Art History & painting. From graduate school I then moved to Canada (1966 ) & lived & worked in Montreal 40 years as a single parent with two sons, & in 2007 moved to Eastern Ontario.
I became an artist because I loved interpreting what I saw in nature & mother nature's vivid colors. I also became an amature photographer (first camera a Brownie) so I could keep an image as a reference to work from , which I still do today. (I must have over 20,000 or more images between my iPad, iPhone & lap top.
What inspires me to paint are the shapes & vivid colors I see in the landscape with the changes in the seasons. When I paint in my studio I try to reinterpret the landscape not as is or seen but as I see it. My reinterpretation of the landscape involves simplifying shapes into dramatic, vivid colors broken into multiple brightly coloured abstract shapes. I don't work from a drawing & a sketch but from the many photos I've taken. My painting process is to draw directly with paint onto the canvas & then react to what is happening to the colors & shapes on the canvas.