I have always been interested in art and creative expression of all kinds. My parents encouraged me to paint, sew, and otherwise expand my visions. I have taken various are classes over the years, portrait painting, landscape, still life. At that time I was using oil paints.
During my 20 years as an antique dealer, I refinished my own furniture, became interested in 1800's "false grain painting", experimenting with different painted finishes on trunks, furniture, etc. I also began painting "primitive" portraits, and making reproduction game boards of old wood.
In the last few years, inspired by the cactus in the countryside outside our home here in Mason County, I began taking pictures of cactus at all time of the year. In different light, and different stages of their growth, cactus have a beauty all their own. I have tried to capture the rugged, determined to hold on feel of cactus. I get a great deal of pleasure in painting, and never know what I will be drawn to next. I now paint with acrylic paint on canvas or board. It seems the right medium for my impulsive efforts. Latest in the collection is the head shot of the donkey, Dude. He looks so inquisitive, I just had to paint him. There is no end of inspiration here in Mason, and every day presents something new.
Keith and I have made Mason our home for 11 years now, and whether restoring antique properties, building our new "green" home, or whatever else interests us, we have always been busy and never bored. The caring folks of this town have become like family to us.