the Gravenstein Apple Fair, the Sonoma Bear Flag and Vintage Festivals, the Oakmont Annual Art Show, various businesses in Sebastopol and Healdsburg, in the homes of those who have purchased my work, and, of course, in the homes of loving friends and family who support my pursuit of art.
My writing has been published since 1979 in various magazine and trade journals. I have written one book, published by a New York publishing house, that was sold, in both hard back and paperback, in the United States and the Netherlands.
My art work and my writing reflect the unpredictable imagination of the human mind.
For me, life arrives in unexpected forms, with whimsical—often magical—twists and turns. Some of my art reflects pieces of recognizable realism, but most of my art contains forms that arrive solely from my impressions of the serendipity of life. I seldom paint what I see in front of me at the moment. I let my imagination roam until the gestures of my paint brush express the feeling behind only the memories of life objects and so, the interpretation is ultimately only my own. At times, pure emotion arises and gives cause to complete abstraction, devoid of easily recognizable anchors in reality. When my subject–whether in visual art or writing– becomes too wild for me, I tend to “ground” myself. In my paintings, I integrate a representational subject or add geometric forms over free-flowing designs. In my writing, my adventurous characters pull back long enough to take stock.
My native way of learning is by doing. Trial and error teach me well. Nothing is more enjoyable to me than experimenting with all the versatility of acrylics and the mediums that go with them. With writing, I venture into poetry and nonfiction, but find the right balance between emotional expression and observation through fiction writing and the never-ending editing process.
My paintings have been exhibited at the Occidental Center for the Arts, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Graton Gallery, the Russian River Gallery, the Chroma Gallery in Santa Rosa, the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Fair,
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