My realistic painting style, complex imagery, and electric colors draw one into the art emotionally and produce heightened delight and concern about the environment. I imagine and paint for you to explore a dense, tangled, and fragile world that shows the beauty of the natural environment with its native plants and animals trying to survive. Each painting develops a narrative that suggests the eternal in its scope as in the possibility you are witnessing the ruin of mankind.
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1955 and currently live and work in Tallahassee, Florida, where I used to teach painting and drawing at Florida State University. I hold a BFA in painting from Fontbonne College in St. Louis and an MFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Over the years I have mentored countless students who have gone on to make a mark in the art world and the education of artists. I was awarded the Joan Mitchel Award in 2006 and have been lucky to have a long exhibition record.