Growing up in Ohio, I began drawing at an early age. My first art teacher, Louis Penfield, was a great mentor who encouraged me to sketch and paint from life. We created artwork and also constructed a studio adjacent to his home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. During my time in the US Navy, I painted scenes of the ship in watercolor. Later, I relocated to the state of Washington and studied architectural engineering at Olympic College as well as art, and soon decided to focus on my artwork. Early influences were Deanne Lemley and Jane Wallace, both successful local artists.
In 2005 I joined the daily painters movement after reading about Duane Keiser and Julian Merrow Smith. I was motivated to enhance the quality of my paintings and I was inspired by the dedicated artists I met online. My artwork vastly
improved as a result of this exposure and practice. I currently paint and teach at Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, alongside printmaker and art instructor, Leigh Knowles Metteer.
I have attended numerous courses and workshops by outstanding artists such as Darrell Anderson, Jim Lamb and Ned Mueller. My paintings are represented by Alki Arts Gallery in Seattle, Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, CO, The
Knowles Studio Gallery, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in Winslow, WA , and the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. Recent awards include First Place award, Winslow Plein Air, Spirit of the Peninsula award, Paint the Peninsula, 2016, Best of show and Artists Choice award, Paint the Peninsula, 2015.