I grew up in the very small town of Shelter Cove, NJ (near Toms River), and the semi-big city of Allentown, PA. I have spent a lot of time travelling, and have lived in many places but call Bend, Oregon my home.
Before I was a professional artist I was a professional pilot. So I moved around a lot. I love the view from above, and always liked to daydream about who lived in the towns I passed over at 22,000 feet.
I also trained horses-hunters and jumpers.
But I have always been an artist. Art is the first thing I remember falling in love with; my first easel was at age 5.
I have a degree in Marketing, which actually got me my first job out of college, which turned into an aviation position with Piper Aircraft Corporation. We built and sold planes, trained pilots to fly them, and many other things in between.
It is amazing how my life in aviation, horses, and art have intertwined. Several of my flying positions came about from people I met through horses or art. And art clients have come my way from past aviation and horse contacts.
One of my favorite things about being an artist, besides being paid to draw and paint in my studio all day, is the people I meet. I mainly do commission work so often I get to know my clients very well. I’ve visited dog breeders to become familiar with the big personalities of my subjects, their favorite chew toys and tricks. I have spent many enjoyable visits to Camp Greystone to gather sketches and photos of campers to paint small parts of their fabulous days. What a joy! And I once snuck onto a property, stealth like, to do a painting for a family that was to be a surprise gift from all their grown children-fun!
I am a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Watercolor Society of Oregon, The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, and Arts Central. My art has been printed in several publications, I have been represented by fine galleries in OR, NC, and Nevada, and have been successfully featured in numerous juried shows and exhibits. I like to give back by regularly donating art for fundraising efforts of selected organizations for worthy causes.
If you would like to know more about how I work please see my Process and FAQ pages.
If you’re left wanting more, have questions or comments, please contact me.
Thank you for visiting my site, and I hope you enjoy a glimpse into my world!