I will forever be grateful to Thad Flenniken for his instruction and encouragement at National Park Community College.
I have enjoyed workshops under Clarke Mitchell, Doug Dawson, Larry Cloyes, and Jim Oberst. I find that even if their medium, subject matter, or methods vary greatly from my own I can always glean something of value from their instruction.
I enjoy membership in the Traditional Art Guild and the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center as well as the Arkansas Pastel Society and frequently participate in exhibits which they sponsor at various venues across central Arkansas.
Several of my pieces can be found at Black Dog Designs, near Mountain Harbor Resort and Mount Ida, Arkansas.
I was honored to be juried into the Arkansas Pastel Society National Show, "Reflections in Pastel" with my painting, "Rose Hall Aqueduct".
I started painting landscapes with acrylics in 2003 but was drawn to pastels about 4 years ago. One of my first pastels was a forlorn looking little puppy we found in our garage and after that the animal lover in me overtook my art.
I love landscapes and still paint them but I have to say animal portraits are my favorite. I like to paint my subject's eyes first. After the eyes are in place I begin to feel like I'm interacting with them as I fill in the rest of their features. Watching your pet come to life on my easel evokes an emotional experience with each painting I create. I have to say that I'm having the time of my life doing something I never thought I could do.