About the project
My interest in art began with photography in my early teens. I received my first camera, a Kodak Disc Camera, as a gift at the age of 13. Throughout the years, I enjoyed film photography until digital cameras were available in the late 1990’s.
In 2015, I started oil painting. My first experience with this medium was a few lessons through the Longmont Community Center. Now I am studying under a number of different professional artists in the Longmont area. Coincidentally, my mother & grandmother were oil painters who started in mid-life; I seem to be following this tradition! My favorite subject matter for oil painting is urban settings and animals. I love animals and how each has unique personality quirks, and I illustrate this through my painting technique. With influences such as Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, my work is both bold and direct, including intense color combinations that push the bounds of reality by embracing high contrast tones into everyday life.
In 2018 I began to study pastel painting landscapes & flowers. While I still work with oils, pastel if fast becoming my favorite medium for this subject matter.
Ever since my first experience with photo developing and now with my painting, I have been fascinated by variations of color and composition.
The reason I create art is because painting brings me a deep sense peace and tranquility, especially when my subject is in harmony with love and life.
I am a board member of the Longmont Artist’s Guild in charge of our nomination committee, newsletter, website and social media. I am also an active member of Boulder County Arts Alliance, Arts Longmont, Firehouse Arts Center and the Left Hand Artists Group.