It is in the quality of the light that I find my inspiration. The light may be dramatic or subtle, direct or indirect as it illuminates forms yet it pulls me into painting the story of light and shadow. Landscapes are my primary subject - I have been known as a tree painter because of my aspen paintings- but I regularly move to other subjects and locations to keep things fresh, challenge myself, and hone my skills. Painting is a lifelong learning experience for me and I regularly seek opportunities for professional growth. Brushes, palette knives and sometimes my fingers (!) are used to apply paint in a variety of textures. Control of values, colors and edges bring a scene to life and thoughtful use of these tools allow me to create a sense of three dimensions on a two dimensional canvas. My intention is to paint with passion and understanding thereby creating a relatable experience, or as one of my mentors said, creating a “visual dialogue" with the viewer.