I delight in the beauty of people, places, things, and contemporary designs. It is my desire to paint both wet-in-wet realistic and contemporary/abstract designs utilizing either wet-in-wet watercolors through layering and glazing or a mixed media method. I use drawing, watercolor, acrylics and a mixture of mediums to achieve bold, rich colors.
Design and composition are my first love. Often I use drawings and miniature painting studies as a plan of attack to work out the bugs and come up with a game plan before painting.
My RESUME includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and an M.A. in Humanities.
My masters studies included sociology, psychology, theology, fine arts, music, literature, and visual arts. In writing my Master’s thesis I tapped many of these disciplines. All of our lives we collect items. When forced to downsize, what do the elderly keep and treasure? This unique topic led me to draw and paint what people in an independent care center saved when they moved. Perhaps my work will assist you in finding valuable subject matter for your own studies, or in the examination of the significance and meaning of your own possessions. This thesis can provide both student and educator with a fresh and educational approach to building a worthwhile college thesis and is an open-ended springboard for creative subject matter for watercolor portfolios. To obtain a CD of my thesis e-mail me for cost and shipping charges.
I have taught art in the public school (secondary education), community education, and as an adjunct instructor for the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society, have been a juror, and received local, state, national and international recognition. I am a Juried member of Watercolor West, and a signature member of NWWS. I have had solo and group exhibitions in Alaska. Equally as important are the local and national recognition many of my students have received.
As a teacher I developed a set of lesson plans to empower my students. Once they learn basic techniques, the biggest obstacle is finding their own voice, passion, or subject matter. I encourage students to work out their visions on miniature watercolor pads and develop their own unique plans and color schemes.