I am a plein air painter whose choice of medium is soft pastels. I am fortunate to have two homes: Bend located in Central Oregon in what is called the “high desert” and Paris, France. Different beauty but colorful, scenic, and both so very inspirational.
Plein air means painting outdoors as practiced by the early “Masters” such as Monet and his era. To be a plein air painter means having a small window of time to study your subject and capture it’s feeling. With the light changing, the shadows moving, and the possibility of the weather changing you must work quickly. To me these are good things, no chance to overwork or deaden a painting, it must be done quickly which often creates more emotion in the work. I have studied with Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, Marla Baggetta and Diane Townsend.
In August of 2010 along with 3 other artists, I became a partner in the Red Chair Gallery in downtown Bend. Our idea was for local artists to have a place to show and sell their art. We now have approximately 26 “member” artists who have a permanent gallery to show “Fine Art and Contemporary Craft" as our tag line reads.
I was a board member of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon from 2009 thru 2011.
Pastel Society of Oregon's 18th Biennial National Show
2nd place for "Slice of Heaven"
Umpqua Valley Art Association Plein Air Competition
Honorable Mention award for "A Young Pinot"
The National Forest Service Paint Out Competition
"Artist's Choice" award for "Indian Ford Meadow"
Show hosted by The Plein Air Painters of Oregon
I was invited to show in the Celebration of Creativity
Pastel Society of Oregon
Northwest Pastel Society
Plein Air Painters of Oregon