My primary goal for my painting is to convey the rich and varied natural landscapes of Arizona, although the ocean, both Pacific and Atlantic, exerts a strong pull on me and sometimes appears in my painting. I grew up in the Arizona desert and earned my BA and MA from the University of Arizona at Tucson. My studies there centered on literature, music, and art. I disliked the heat and dust of the desert when I was young, but now I’ve come to appreciate its refined lines and multi-layered colors.
I have been influenced in my painting by lifelong friend and batik artist Barbara Martin and recently by the beautiful painting and inspired teaching of Eric Slayton, Doug Oliver, David Haskell, Bonny Casey, and Wanda Zolman’s undaunted devotion to her art.