Painting and drawing have always been what interest
me most. I enjoy working with my hands to create a
visual image with whatever medium and on whatever
surface best fits the finished piece, sometimes
working with oil or acrylics on wood, metal and
canvas, paper or walls. Challenges in trying new
surfaces and mediums are always around the corner.
The mind never stops.
Watercolors have a special interest
because of the versatility of the medium. It can be
exciting to be spontaneous and very detailed in the
same piece of work. Because of my background of
hiking and camping I was naturally drawn to the
native plants and berries of the northwest region.
Botanicals especially lend themselves to
Combining my work with Mary Ellen
Hartman's calligraphy came as a natural transition
to describe the plants and berries. Mary Ellen is a
professional calligrapher in the Portland area.
I have had fine arts training for 3
1/2 years at Portland State University, and 4 years
of photography, illustration and design at Pacific
Northwest College of Art in Portland. I have a BFA
from PNCA. I worked for 2 years at Qwest doing
graphic work, and have taken several workshops at
Sitka Center for Learning and Ecology at the Oregon
Coast. Other workshops have been with Susan
McKinnon, watercolorist, Lisa Nelson, Swedish
painter,and Kathy Anderson, Norwegian Rosemaler.
I have been in exhibits at Portland
Central Library, Lake Oswego Library and Doll
Gardner Gallery in Portland, I belong to the Larch
Mountain Country Artisans, and a Scandinavian
painting group in Portland. I have work for sale at
such places a Leach Botanical Garden, Tryon Creek
Gift shop, Vista House Gift Shop, and Timberline
I have been teaching Young Artists
classes for 1st-5th grade through the Sun School
program for 5 years, and have taught a Family