I was inspired by a visit to Monet's garden in Giverny. I love painting flowers, and the many varieties and layers of flowers in the garden and their intense colors challenged me to show the depth and dimensions of the subject.
I take my inspiration from my environment. I enjoy painting a variety of subjects including flowers, animals, and portraits. I love the vibrancy of watercolors and the visual effects you can achieve by taking advantage of the transparency of the paint. I like to experiment with new techniques and to achieve new methods of expression.
I am a former teacher and have taught art at the high school and elementary school levels. I retired from teaching to start my own business and spent a few years as an entrepreneur. Now that I have fully retired, I missed my daily contact with the arts and decided to take up watercolor painting. I used to paint regularly when I was a student but had put my brushes aside as work and family came to occupy more of my time. I discovered that I still have a passion for painting and have re-developed those dormant skills.