My artwork

For over 40 years I have been drawing and painting my surroundings.  I have been fortunate to have exhibited my work in several galleries and Midwest juried art shows. 

I love the transparency of watercolor as well as the opaque, painterly quality of soft pastels. One of the best things about pastel is that my finger is my tool; I can manipulate the pastel and actually feel the medium while applying and working with it.  I have discovered that I am as much a tactile person as I am a visual one. 

I have actively sought out places and objects to be the subject of paintings but have also "happened upon" a subject -- by chance. I think these instances have inspired some of my best work.

                                   Sunflowers  -  watercolor

                                 Sunflowers  -  watercolor

These sunflowers caught the sun in a way that broke the foliage into fascinating, fragmented shapes.


                   Prairie Flowers  -  pastel

                 Prairie Flowers  -  pastel

These coneflowers were growing along my garage and I noticed an interesting shadow cast on the pale wall.  Painting on a dark background gave them a more dramatic effect.


                                        "Bear" -  watercolor and colored pencil

                                      "Bear" -  watercolor and colored pencil


           View From the Past  - watercolor   

         View From the Past  - watercolor  

I've been to Living History Farms many times but on one occasion, I walked past the "town attorney" office and noticed that the decorative carving above the window is an exact replica of some of the turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Des Moines that I admire.


                                                Summer Harvest - pastel

                                              Summer Harvest - pastel


                                                                               Tulips  -  pastel

                                                                             Tulips  -  pastel

Passing through the kitchen, I noticed the vase of tulips I cut from my yard earlier in the day.  I was struck by the reflection of light on the glass and the interesting shadow cast on the counter.


                                                              Red Pear - pastel

                                                            Red Pear - pastel