I had an early interest in art and I explored various creative outlets including stagecraft, music and choral work, film and photography, as well as drawing and painting through high school and into college, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Washington in 1987.
I love to travel with my pochade box for plein air painting, and my camera and sketchbook for gathering information and ideas.
Locally and nationally, I have exhibited in numerous group, solo, and invitational shows, and have won many awards in juried shows.
After several years’ absence from oil painting during which I concentrated on pastels, I returned to oil painting and now divide my time between the two mediums. My pastel painting style - using the side of the pastel stick - easily lent itself to my current style in oil painting, and I have recently increased my time at plein air painting.
I live in Port Orchard WA, across the water from my childhood home, with my husband of 36 years.
Materials for working with soft pastels –
Set of SOFT pastels in a broad range of colors (Prismacolor NuPastels or Rembrandt or whatever you have on hand). NO oil pastels.
Pastel paper to work on. Either a sanded pastel paper (UArt or Pastel Premium) or Canson (regular or Mi-Tientes Touch). Other brands – Richeson Premium, even BFK printmaking paper.
Your own photo from which to work.
Smart phone with photo editing abilities (optional)
White artist tape