ABOUT THE ARTIST
Although I love grand vistas and beautiful views, it is the more intimate landscape that thrills me the most. I am drawn to patterns and textures—the swirl of dead grasses, the roughness of bark, gleaming or burbling water, flickering shadows.
Pastel is my medium of choice, not only for its vibrant color but for its tactile nature—it’s just so fun to apply! Messy, immediate, responsive to pressure, easy to transport to the field—there’s nothing I don’t like about working with pastels. Light makes the ultimate statement in my paintings and colors add magic, while composition and values serve to anchor my personal expression of a place, a time, a mood. Art for me is totally involving, keeps me learning new things, and ensures I stay emotionally connected to the land. It is gratifying to be able to share with others such gifts from our amazing world.
The landscape where I live in southwest New Mexico is primarily rolling grassy foothills backed by lofty mountains. A creek lined by cottonwoods and willows runs about 200 yards from my studio. With surroundings like this, I’m betting I will never run out of painting subjects.
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A Few Selected Shows, Exhibitions and Awards
American Plains Artists Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale, San Angelo TX, 2016, SourceTek Award, and in 2013, Award of Excellence.
“Visions of the Black Range,” Unsettled Gallery, Las Cruces NM, 2016, Best of Show.
MasterWorks of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, 2016 and 2015, Honorable Mention Pastel each year.
23rd Annual Pastel Painting Exhibition, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, 2015 and 2014.
“Moments and Moods,” Solo Exhibition, Historic Percha Bank Museum Gallery, Kingston NM, 2014.
“Favorite Places,” 2-Person Plein Air Show, Purple Sage Gallery, Old Town Albuquerque NM, 2013.
“Pigments of Our Imagination,” 2-Person Show, MVS Studios, Las Cruces NM, 2012.
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Annual Paintout and Exhibition, Socorro NM, 2011, Best of Show.