"It can be as simple as the way the afternoon light casts long shadows on a newly mown field, or the feelings conjured by seeing a pastoral scene reminiscent of my days growing up on a working farm."
I have a varied background in the visual arts. I have explored graphic design, printmaking and weaving as a college student. I have a longtime love of photography and capturing the beauty of nature and the surroundings of my native Kentucky and the Bluegrass region of the state. I had a long career as an arts administrator and have lived a life immersed in art.
My return to the visual arts in retirement has led me to work in pastels, a medium with the color, brilliance and texture that I feel most effectively allows me to interpret the imagery I see in my mind. My inspiration comes from my desire to capture everyday rural scenes, landscapes and natural elements that have some quality that I relate to on an emotional level. It can be as simple as the way the afternoon light casts long shadows on a newly mown field or the feelings conjured by seeing a pastoral scene reminiscent of my days growing up on a working farm. I love the structures associated with agriculture and rural life and the creeks, rivers, country roads and backwoods readily identifiable with central Kentucky. I have a strong sense of place and find it is always part of what makes a scene or an image attractive to me.
I am influenced by impressionism. I love a painting that invites you in and I’m particularly drawn to dynamic composition, patterns and unusual perspectives.