I paint bold impressionistic florals. I use pastel and paint to express the empowerment color can create in our lives.
My process begins with a feeling, mood, or conversation with someone that may inspire a painting. I have a collection of photos from travels, flowers that have been sent to me, and I always have fresh flowers in my home for inspiration. Since I’m the boss I buy a lot of flowers!
I start my paintings by drawing a quick sketch, blocking in color, and using alcohol or water to move the pastel around sanded paper. Once it is dry, I begin layering flower shapes with lots of bold colors, and let the painting guide me. The painting goes through stages sometimes good and sometimes frustrating. It is always a joy to see the finished piece and know that this painting has a story and purpose.
I currently live-in Hulett, WY near our nation’s 1st National Monument, Devils Tower. I have a new studio assistant named Gracie; she loves being part of my daily activities and usually has a paint brush or a little paint on herself.