I was born and grew up in Memphis, TN. As a child I drew and painted with "paint-by-numbers." Years passed and this "art" was replaced with academic studies ending with graduate school. Majors in mathematics and electrical engineering led to a 30-year Defense Department career in MD as a cryptanalytic mathematician and computer scientist. Retirement led to a move to Colorado to be closer to the mountains and wildlife I've always loved and also to begin my journey to become an artist!
This journey began in the Colorado Springs Senior Center where for years I took every watercolor, colored pencil and drawing class they offered. Then I took more classes and workshops taught by Lorraine Danzo, Tom Owen, Joe Bohler, Bob Cox, Jose Sanchez, Frank Francese, Carl Purcell, Stephen Quiller, Barbara Nechis, Jan Hart, Rotendra Das, David Drummond, and John Salminen.
I am a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS), the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society (PPWS), and the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society (SCWS) and helped start two critique/painting groups in the area: Primary Colors and Nuance.
To me, color touches the heart, and in fact color is the soul of a painting. Being surrounded by all the natural beauty in the Pikes Peak region stimulates me to try to capture this beauty and color in my paintings. I love bright colors and sharp contrasts. I enjoy landscapes, florals, architecture, and wildlife and occasionally will paint surreal subjects, like my "rusty pipe" series.
Juried Exhibitions and Awards
2012 - Juried into the CWS Member Show, Denver, CO. Juror, Molly Davis.
2012 - Juried into the CWS New Trends Show, Denver, CO. Juror, Joan Fullerton.
2012 - Juried into the Cuchara Hermosa annual art show/sale. Cuchara, CO.
2011 - Juried into the CWS Small Works Show, Brighton, CO. Juror, Mark Silvers, won
People's Choice Award.
2011 - Juried into the CWS New Trends Show, Denver, CO. Juror, Laura Mehmert.
2011 - Juried into the Southern Colorado Open Show, Pueblo, CO. Juror, Tim Deibler.
2011 - Juried into the International Watermedia XVII PPWS Show. Juror, John
2009 - Juried into the International Watermedia XVI PPWS Show - sold the show
painting. Juror, Thomas Owen.
2005 - Juried into the International Watermedia XIV PPWS Show. Juror,
Katherine Chang Liu.
2004 - Juried into the Western Colorado Watercolor Society 12th Annual National
Exibition - sold the show painting. Juror, Michael Schlicting.
2002 - Juried into the Rocky Mountain National Waatermedia Exhibition - sold the
show painting. Juror, Louise Cadillac.
2002 - Juried into the 10th Anual Colorado State Watermedia Exhibit - 2 paintings
juried in. Juror, Warren Taylor.
2001 - 2008 Juried into 5 Aquarius SCWS Shows and received 5 awards.
2000 - 2011 participated in each of the Cuchara Hermosa Annual Invitational Art
Shows and sold a total of 37 paintings.
1999 - 2003 Juried into 5 Colorado Springs, Pueblo Art Guild Shows and
received 5 awards.