WHY PAINT? IT IS MY WAY OF CONNECTION TO THE PLACE WHERE I FIND PEACE.
I am originally from Seattle, Washington and hadn’t thought about painting until moving to Great Falls, Montana in 1962. My first class in charcoal with Elaine Amsterdam Farley opened my eyes to the possibilities of further artistic endeavors. From there the moves were frequent as my husband, employed by the Boeing Co., was assigned to various missile bases throughout the country. That nomadic life enabled me to experience firsthand the landscape that I so love to paint. For wherever the next move might be there was another fragment in the kaleidoscope of material to draw upon for my next artistic challenge. The ever changing landscape was fascinating to me and allowed me to connect to the place that was to be home for whatever length of time. In these paintings, I lost myself to the sights, sounds and smells that helped me to put roots down so to speak.
Being primarily self-taught, I have always been an avid student of the methods and materials that are at my right hand and have had the good fortune of studying with a number of acclaimed artists throughout my travels. Russell Chatham, Howard Rogers, Clay Kent and Yvonne Johnson to name a few. In return, I have conducted student workshops and given lessons for budding oil painters along the way.
Recently widowed, I have moved to Spokane from Baker City, OR and am residing with my daughter and son-in-law and family. I am looking forward to acquainting myself with the Spokane environs and try to spend as much time as possible driving through the countryside looking for new vistas to put on canvas.
Throughout the years, my work has been shown at a number of venues and has received many awards. I have work as far away as, England, Australia and Holland which gives me much joy to know that my art speaks to people all over the world. At present, my work is shown at Avenue West Gallery and through Flootie.com.
Her home studio is located at: 2729 West Westover Road, Spokane WA.