Personal growth and being open to learning new things has been a way of life for me. Perhaps this came from being raised in the military, which gave me a diverse background from living all over the world. I am also an outdoor enthusiast and have often looked at a beautiful setting and thought how wonderful it would be to capture it in art.
Because of my love for the outdoors, I find animals and birds intriguing and exciting subjects. When painting wildlife, I enjoy researching my subject and thus gain new knowledge.
I have had the opportunity to travel the world and have found that I enjoy painting the faces of those I have met in these far away places.
I have found watercolor painting has opened my eyes to the way I look at the beauty and colors in the world. A sky of blue with a golden sunset and streaks of gold flowing into the blue is truly unique. Any watercolor mixture of gold and the blue would normally create green and yet with all the unlimited variations of daily skies, the colors in the sky remain true. This is only one challenge for a watercolor artist and why the creation of an acceptable piece of art can be self-rewarding.
I have been fortunate to win recognition and numerous awards.
- Featured in May 2017 issue of Southwest Art Magazine
- Invited by Ducks Unlimited Idaho to enter their annual competition
- Placed 3rd in Oregon Ducks Unlimited
- Entered the Federal Duck stamp contest
- 2nd place in the Birds of Prey art contest
- Juried into the 2015 Western Federation Watercolor Society Exhibition in Texas
- “Best Of Show” in the Nampa Art Guild juried show
- Juror’s Choice and 1st Place in Idaho juried show
- 1st place in the juried Idaho Watercolor Society Capitol show
- Selected by national artists for the Idaho Traveling Art Show
- “Juror’s Choice Award” in the Centennial Art Show
- Juried into numerous shows by nationally known artists
- Juried into the Montana state exhibition
- Exhibiting artist at St Luke’s, St Alphonsus and various business