I have traveled far since growing up on the stern and rockbound coast of Massachusetts. When I was ten I received my first camera and began recording the life around me. At the same time while waiting for the call to supper, I would sit in my room drawing hands, eyes and horses. Just before beginning seventh grade at a new school my mother gave me an oil painting set. I remember sitting on the edge of my bed painting a deer in the middle of some drawing paper. Later, at the new school, that painting won a prize. Every week I looked forward to Friday’s double period when I could participate in my favorite class of the week: art. I was impatient to study oil painting in the ninth grade. However, the headmistress called me to her office and told me that, since I had not taken “Shop”, I would have to take that class. I do know how to use a band saw, but have never taken an oil painting class. Six years later, in college, I signed up for a studio art course that was going to teach various mediums. Alas, the teacher went on sabbatical. The substitute professor taught us art history instead. So, I do know a bit about classical Greek sculpture. Since I have never had an official course in studio art, I will always think of myself as a searching student. I love being a student, always practicing, always learning. I take an occasional workshop, hoping to learn something new. However, I think one can take too many workshops and learn too many “right” ways of doing things.
My art career has been filled with drawing, photography, wheel thrown high-fired stoneware pottery, and watercolor painting. For the last fifteen, or so, years I have concentrated on painting the beautiful moments of life with watercolors. I have illustrated and painted covers for several books and magazines. I do an occasional commission and have many collectors. My paintings have been accepted in a variety of regional and national shows, even winning a few awards. I am currently a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. I have also given a few watercolor demonstrations as well as having taught two short workshops. I have begun to pass on my knowledge to a couple of young artists with lessons in my studio. Of course, I will always think of myself as a student, learning the wonderful ways of watercolors.
My paintings decorate several public walls around town. Enjoy the hunt for them. And, one of these days I will update my website.