[one_half]Even though I spent a great deal of my life living in other states Indiana, Illinois, and Texas, my real home has always been Minnesota. Growing up I spent many summers, with my family, at our cabin near the Arrowhead Trail. Exploring these areas along the North Shore has given me greater appreciation for scenic beauty of this state. This may be the reason I am drawn to painting landscapes more often then any other subject.
While pursuing my BFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas, I spent 5 weeks traveling throughout Europe studying watercolor techniques. This was an amazing experience for me both personally and professionally. The opportunity to study abroad helped me to decide that I should pursue my career as an artist. My paintings are a visual journal of the places I have traveled, lived and explored.
I take photographs and sketches of subject matter that interest me. Strong shapes, colors and movement are what ultimately draw me to a particular image, and are oftentimes the determining factor for the way I develop a particular painting. My style is representational yet holds an element of abstraction. I like the fact that the nature of watercolor has a life of its own, and this is one of the many reasons why this media continues to excite me.