Art was my first love. As a young child, I poured over my grandmother’s books filled with art prints. My early exposure to art taught me to see breathtaking richness in ordinary things.
At age four, I won a prize in the local children’s parade for my tricycle float, which was decorated with my drawings. In elementary school, teachers praised the personality they saw in my work. I executed many commissions for my elementary school peers, earning censure from my third-grade teacher for “drawing all the time.”
I gradually moved away from making visual art and acting became my passion. It wasn’t until over 20 years ago that I realized I wanted and needed to paint, following a life-changing trip to Italy. I haven’t stopped making art since. I also discovered the joy of encouraging and teaching others to discover or rekindle their creative passions.
As a teacher I provide lots of individual attention, feedback, and encouragement.
I live in Portland, Oregon where I offer art workshops, creativity groups, and individual art coaching. I exhibit and my work frequently and teach nationally and internationally. My articles and work have appeared in many books and magazines in the U.S. I’m the author of the books, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop and, Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax, published by North Light as well as two North Light DVDs.
I love working with students to learn new techniques, find new inspiration, and ride the waves of the creative process.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.”