Vineyards by old barns, flowers cascading from windows and doorways, marshlands and oceans with cloud-filled skies, all executed in bold compositions with brilliant color characterize my work. I love vivid color and use luscious oil paints to make a special scene eternal. There is nothing I enjoy more than pushing oil paint around a canvas, especially when working in the solitude of nature, painting “plein air” on location. My paintings, both realistic and impressionistic, are filled with the joy I feel when capturing a moment in time.
I have painted professionally for over 30 years, exhibiting in juried shows. Art trips to Southern France early in my career led me to start painting sunflowers and fields of lavender before each became trendy. My work has been featured on event posters, for promotion at Northern California wineries, on telephone directory covers, and used in products by a variety of companies. My paintings are part of private and corporate collections in the U.S. and internationally. I currently am a featured artist at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, and I enjoy painting on commission for private clients and businesses. I have attended and led art workshops in France, Portugal, Italy, and Mexico and painted in locations around the world. But my subject of preference is always the beauty of Northern California, from scenes of vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties ablaze with color to coastal scenes of the area around Half Moon Bay where I currently reside.