Information about the Artist
I live in Vancouver, Washington. I
returned to the Northwest after spending
10 years in Austin, Texas. I retired from
30 years of teaching in 2004 and took up
painting. It became my new career and
ever so much fun!
My work is inspired by Van Gogh and my
mentor Sarkis Antikajian. I hope to
express a freedom in my work that lets my
paintings pop with color and life. I see
every day as an opportunity to learn new
things, meet new people, and celebrate the
wonder and opportunities that cross my
Life feels just too short to master the
secrets of my canvas... but sure worth the
effort. I have been very fortunate to be
able to travel widely since retirement.
Our trips are usually followed by many
paintings of the places I have visited.
The wildflowers, skies and wildlife of
Texas have captivated me and have been an
endless source of inspiration. The clouds
can be so intense and colorful. The
flowers eye-popping, and the longhorns
I've been fascinated by the power of
crashing waves since a childhood by the
coast of Southern California. So it was
only natural that I would work to figure
out how to capture that power on a canvas.
After chancing on a perfect October
day at the Butchart Gardens last fall, I got
busy painting the incredible things I saw.
Another passion is painting nebulae. I'm
grateful for the incredible images the
Hubble telescope brings of the wonders of
the universe. Colors bursting in the sky!
In a fit of boredom a few years ago, I
jumped into creating found object robot
art. This involves combing thrift stores,
organizing mountains of stuff, burning
through drill bits, cutting my fingers, and
using lots of imagination. Figuring out how
to make a 'robot' fun and how to assemble
it is a challenge... yet so worth it! Some
are now available on Etsy.
I was honored to be asked to give a
one-person show the month of June 2009
at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower
Center. It's a marvel what life holds in
In spring of 2015 I joined the North
Bank Artists Gallery in Vancouver. I
appreciate the talented and kind artists I
have met there.
At the Kroller-Mueller Museum
in the Netherlands to gaze at and
absorb Van Gogh's incredible
paintings. Does life get any