Nature and Wildlife dominate my art, living near the beautiful White Rock Lake I have a year round source of urban wildlife in the form of mammals, water fowl, nutria, and the coyotes we see early morning and late evening. The Migrating birds such as the white pelicans that come in the fall to the wetlands at Sunset Bay attract quite an audience. They stay until Spring when wildflowers and prairie grasses fill the landscape around the lake providing a place for bunnies and red-winged blackbirds to build their nests to hide their babies.
Loving the outdoors and nature as I do, I sketch and paint from hours of observation, photographing, plein air studies on site, and from my memory. My painting style is Traditional.
Volunteering with the wildlife group has given me many opportunities to be in close quarters with wildlife such as owls, raccoons, bobcats, skunks and coyotes. I have been fortunate to be invited to photo opps for the 'release back into the wild' days. I have learned so much and have so much more to learn. It's a joy and privilege to donate those paintings to wildlife fund raisers for the benefit of wildlife.
A big portion of my life has been dedicated to teaching art . At some point in my art instructor life I've come to think of teaching art as a ministry. Art can be spiritual, it can be a form of meditation; it can be poetic but, most of all it heals and nurtures the soul.