I am an oil painter who finds my inspiration living in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Like everyone, I am breathless in front of countless sweeping vistas atop the Rocky Mountains, but it is the small, sometimes ordinary designs that I find I must re-create. The single design on a rock in the river, the way a single tree fades into the fog, or the expression of a young dairy-cow.
With a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas, Design and Illustration are a strong component in my paintings. I lean towards strong, graphic compositions and simple color schemes. With palette knife in hand, I move with the canvas in thick, bold swipes. All things old, rusty, chipped and faded catch my eye, and that essence of antiquity often makes its way into my work with scraped paint and peeking-through layers.
Building up the paint with wax medium, I increase the sculptural play, inviting you to take a closer look. In art and life, I take an “outside the lines” approach and seek to capture freedom and movement within a still moment in time.
Because I believe we are all creative, I make sure to get out of the studio and spend time helping others create. I collaborate with The Art Base and The Red Brick Center for the Arts to teach various art classes from pre-school through adult. Helping others experience art, whether expressive journaling workshops with teens or social paint and wine events with adults, I am re-energized by watching all different experience levels enjoy the act of creating.