I love working in oil paint for the way it flows off the brush.  Its range of translucence allows for the convincing portrayal of both solid form and glowing depths.  As I paint, I like to imagine other painters throughout the centuries facing similar decisions regarding subject matter, composition and expression.  By examining the brushstrokes of the Old Masters, I can begin to understand their choices and catch glimpses into their lives.  Of course now we benefit from an incredibly expanded color palette and all the intervening art history, but the physics of light and the human condition remain unchanged.


For twenty years I was a freelance scientific illustrator, and my illustrations have appeared in magazines, scientific journals, field guides and a children’s book.  I’ve gone through the King County Master Gardener and Seattle Audubon Master Birder programs, and continue to enjoy learning about the nature of things.  I am fascinated by plant and animal interactions, human physiology and cultural artifacts.  Every bit of information is grist for the mill.

    

    Though my background is in realism, I am also interested in creating quicker gestures and abstractions.  Different ideas require different treatments.  Meditative works seem to ask for a quieter style, while action pictures call for more impulsive strokes.


    I grew up on the East Coast, attended a Midwestern college, lived in the Southwest, then moved to Seattle in 1992, where I reside with my husband and 3 children.  Rowing with a masters club adds sanity and insanity to my life.


Thank you for your interest.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my work.