The interaction of light, shadow, and color have fascinated me since I was a child. By the age of eighteen, I was studying drawing and painting under the direction of Peter Egeli, a renowned portrait and marine artist at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His emphasis on composition, drawing skills, color, and value gave me a strong foundation on which to build. His patience and encouragement made a lasting impression.
            I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing in 1979 from the University of Maryland where I particularly enjoyed printmaking and drawing. For Independent Study, I copied at the National Gallery of Art. I discovered the Torpedo Factory art center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia in the early 1980’s. There I studied figure sculpture under the guidance of Greta Bader whose work is included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The Art League at the Torpedo Factory provided a venue for me to show my work as well as a forum to meet other artists and share new ideas. I continue to maintain membership in that excellent organization.
            In 1982, my interest in natural history led me to volunteer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where I studied scientific illustration and produced drawings for the Entomology Department.
            From there, I moved on to the Exhibits Department to a position as an Exhibit Specialist where a variety of exhibit related fields including illustration, silk screening, bracket making, calligraphy, exhibit design and installation awaited me. It morphed into a sixteen-year career in the Department of Public Programs. By 1994, I had become supervisor of the Office of Exhibit Graphics.
            I continued to paint and draw in my spare time but by 1998 I realized that it was time to get back to being an artist full time, so I changed direction and went to graduate school to study painting at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. I completed the program with honors in May 2001. One of my paintings was selected for the Permanent Collection of The George Washington University.
            With a group of enthusiastic colleagues, I began a new and exciting chapter in my life with plein air painting, a term which means painting outside. I have painted and sketched in many countries as well as in the United States. I also continue to paint in my studio where the weather is always good. I am fortunate to have a supportive family, a network of artists, patrons, and friends on my journey as I continue to observe and interpret the play of light, shadow, and color in my art.