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Although watercolor painting is my preferred medium, I also use pastels in portraiture painting of children. On my trips to Europe I often quickly sketch an outdoor scene and later finish on watercolor paper or pastel canvas.
In my visits to California, I try to capture sights of newly sprouted grape vines and the mustard fields surrounding them. The many winery vistas and ponderosas make a plein aire artist very happy.. Standing on the rocky Pacific coastline I see whales in the distance and waves breaking on the rocks. After many hours of camera work I choose a favotite photo I like and begin a painting.
When I am in the Midwest I wander through rural areas and search for sun dappled barns and lakes in late afternoon shadows. Sheep, horses and cows are also willing subjects.
My formal training includes degrees from St. John's University and State University of NY. After teaching for many years more time was devoted to my own painting. My mentors and teachers have included Wendell Mohr, Jim Ochs, Christorpher Schink, Judy Butler, Laura Lasworth, Cecil Houel, Marcia Wegman, Gordon Kellenberger and Richard Mc Daniel.
Membersips and Exhibits
TWSA, Wasco, Watercolor Society of Sonoma County, Iowa Pastel Society, Healdsburg Plaza Arts Center, Iowa Arts Gallery, and AWS of Sonoma County, Sebastabol Center for the Arts, Oakmont Village Annual Exhibit, annual downtown Art Exhibit in Fairfield. Plaza Arts Center, Starbucks, Iowa City, Lincoln Highway Annual art festival, and National arts Fest in Santa Rosa, CA.