I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life. Although I was raised in the southern part of the state, my family roots are firmly embedded in the Northwoods. I’ve traveled to every corner of the state, exploring it’s back roads, walking along its many shorelines (marsh, lake and river), camping in its woods, and just simply rejoicing in the natural splendor and wildlife that surrounds me. As a young child, I was able to pick up a pencil and easily draw whatever I wanted to. As I grew older, I knew my heart’s desire was to eventually learn how to paint. I wanted to paint the landscape and capture the way the light glows at sunset or sparkles on the waves on the lake. Well, making a living and life in general took over and for many years my heart’s desire took a backseat.
In 1996, I took the first step on a journey that I have never regretted. I’ve made it past those first struggling years of teaching myself how to paint and am now painting what has always inspired me – – nature’s endless magnificence, her ever-changing light show, and moody seasonal cycles. Initially, I started with watercolor, then progressed to pastel, and now, my most recent work is focused on using acrylic. My style and technique features mainly realism, but I’m ready to explore and let creativity run wild at any time. Several years ago, I stepped outside to paint and have never looked back. Plein air painting satisfies my need to be in the great outdoors, and there is no substitute for capturing the light in the moment at any time of the day, during extreme weather conditions, or seasonal changes. Setting up my easel, looking around, and selecting one of many possible scenes to paint is an exhilarating creative experience that I look forward to every time.