I aspire to capture the spirit and emotion of each painting I create. I just love painting in pastel! As I reach out and hold these sticks of paint, I can just about feel the draw of my hand to put these fantastic colors onto a surface, be it animals or people, ocean spray or mountainous backgrounds, realism or impressionism. I hope my paintings reach your heart.
My Louisiana country living childhood was abundant with horses, cows, dogs, cats, a particular tree to climb and relax on for reading and dreaming pleasure, and a love of sketching. My teenage pencil sketches were of the animal shapes I knew by heart and portraits of my own imagination. My love of art never diminished.
After working in the technical writing and video production field, I was able to retire early and am now happily engaged in the making of art, with lots of time still for family, traveling and continuing my love of learning in general.
As a visitor of Peru for 20 years, I am constantly in awe of their history, admire the people, adore the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and especially the Peruvian Paso horses, which we raised and bred for pleasure for a dozen years in Texas. Our current two Peruvian Pasos came with us to Texas after a recent 4-year stay in Peru.
With time for my never-lost ambition to paint professionally, I outfitted a 500 sq-ft spare room (my “studio”) with pastels, paints, easels, how-to draw/paint books, various surfaces to test my pastel skills and preferences, researched and read all I found about pastel painting, and began painting. With great enthusiasm, my dormant artistic abilities were reawakened.
Through my painting, I hope to convey the emotional response I get in relation to the essence of whoever or whatever is my subject for painting.