I have been Photographing for over 40 years. My files are deep and varied, with images appearing in numerous publications, as cover art for magazines and books, on video wraps, as Calendar Art, and more.
I also displayed Fine Art Photography in my Studio and numerous Art Galleries in Tucson and neighboring locations.
I taught Art, Graphic Design, and other subjects for about 20 years, mostly in Tucson Secondary schools, while continuing to Photograph, and market my work. After retirement, I still use my camera to capture Photographic images, yet I've shifted my focus to my Painting; I've waited a long time for this next chapter in my work.
Intimate interactions between using Artist's tools, and the elements and principles in art-making, coupled with an appreciation for the interconnectedness of plants and animals within intimate settings, or grandiose landscape biomes... This is what excites me about making Art.
My academic and experiential background in both Sciences/Biology and the Arts, opened up a lifetime yearning for understanding and an appreciation of our natural world.
When making Art-painting, photographing or in other ways working with my hands- I focus on unifying my observations and understanding, to capture both beauty and meaning. And create my own moments of peace.
Sometimes I begin a painting after lightly and sparsely sketching the outlines of a setting I'm observing. Or I refer to a photograph I've taken in the field. Most often though, I live in my mind's eye, outlining the framework of my painting from memories of places I know intimately, before beginning to fill in blocks of shadows, shapes, colors, and textures.
I paint layer upon layer, to integrate the whole of the painting, before it's finished. Pointallism, or bold, sweeping brush strokes make up much of my work, creating an Abstract Expressionism effect. I am not a Realism Painter.