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I "belong" to a whole bunch of wildlife that I paint in watercolor wax batik.  (I throw in a few other subjects once in awhile just to keep it interesting.)

I feel that I have been given an assignment to draw attention to the wild animals that share our earth.  They are affected by our actions and if we allow ourselves to “meet” them they will affect us as well.  When I paint wild animals I simply want to do them justice so others will hopefully see what I have.

.“When you nurture Nature, Nature nurtures you.”                                                     ― Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness

Being an artist is a third career for me.  Ultimately it was a soul-hunger to paint and create that just would not be denied.  It took me a long time to simply say, "I am an artist."  I've won awards, had solo shows and taught workshops.  It's all been quite the journey.  These days I enjoy painting in my studio - it quiets and centers me like nothing else.  And then there's Moses, my studio cat.  He feels the need to get involved, bless his furry self.  It's all good.

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Inspiration

I have always preferred to be outdoors. As an adult I find that I react emotionally to any encounter with wildlife.  I usually am intent on photographing them but I SEE them.  I see how elusive they are, how they move, how they interact with their young or with other members of their ‘herd’.  Whether it is seeing a whale surface in the Pacific Ocean or watching a pica dart among the rocks in the tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, these sightings and interactions move me.  

My goal is to reflect the unique wonder, majesty and charm of  "all creatures great and small" as the old hymn puts it – and to help others who enjoy nature to find inspiration in my depiction of the creatures with whom we share our world.

Techniques

Watercolor was my chosen medium for many years.  In 2012 I was introduced to watercolor batik – and have never looked back. 

Watercolor wax batik is rarely pursued by artists.  It is a demanding, highly detailed process that requires a lot of planning prior to actually beginning to paint.  It yields unique works of art which have an abstract quality to them while still resulting in a recognizable subject for the painting.  The paintings combine the colorful and fluid washes which are the best features of a successful watercolor – and the batiking process adds elements of abstraction that can make the painting look like stained glass.

career highlights

I have been fortunate enough to have had solo shows, and have won multiple awards in national juried shows. 

Currently I exhibit my paintings at Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, Colorado.    

I am a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society and the Red River Watercolor Society. I teach watercolor wax batik workshops and enjoy helping other artists learn the tricks and techniques I have learned through the years..

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