I am primarily a
self-taught artist, born and raised in southern California. I have been drawing
since childhood, delved deeply into photography in my youth, and did pencil,
pen and ink and charcoal drawings for many years. Art was set aside as I raised
a family and developed my career as a marine biologist, maintaining my
connection with the outdoors through hunting, fishing and camping trips
throughout the western states and on travels around the world. Colored pencil
drawings of our dogs led to the occasional request for a drawing by friends and
rekindled an interest in furthering my art.
A painting workshop in September of 2001 was my first introduction to paint mediums and I have settled on watercolor as my primary medium of choice. I continue to produce dog portraits but really enjoy depicting wildlife subjects and their environment as well as some western subjects. I feel that wildlife art can help educate the viewer, and education will enhance the concern necessary to preserve our wildlife for future generations. In addition, art is to be enjoyed, and I hope that those who view them enjoy my depictions of animals.
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