I have been passionate about art since I was in elementary school. When I went to college parental emphasis led me to science. I finally attended the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle in 1987. My early work was realistic and I illustrated a number of children’s books. I began doing abstract painting as a way to reduce my focus on details and see more of the whole as the painting developed. I continued to work and experiment with different art forms including stained glass and clay. Working to increase my knowledge of paint and materials helps me find my voice and create pictures in paint that have meaning to me. Sometimes the pictures are related to an emotion or thought and represent the struggle of an internal dialogue. Other times it is just the joy of moving color over the canvas.