I was born in Tennessee, and by four months of age had been moved to Texas, and on to California by the age of five. I became interested in art very early, beginning to say I would be an artist by six years of age. I did my first oil painting at ten. People began buying my paintings while I was still in high school. Following high school I attended Chico State University, graduating with a Bachelors Degree, with an emphasis in Painting. A year later I returned to get a Master of Arts Degree.
Over the years I have shown my work in many shows; one man, two man, and group shows, as well as many juried shows where I have won many awards, including several Best of Show awards. I have also earned professional recognition: Distinguished Pastelist and Signature status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC-DP). and Signature status in the Pastel Society of America (PSA). I also served for seven years on the board of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, including four years as President.
My work has been featured in numerous magazines, including The Artist's Magazine and Pastel Artist International.
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I have been inspired by historical artists. In particular Nineteenth Century artists like Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet. And Twentieth Century artists like Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
I discovered pastels quite by accident, but it has become a favorite media. It allows me to integrate the color sensibilities of the Impressionist's with an emphasis on careful drawing.
Among the highlights of my career; being invited to be on the Board of Directors of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and serving as President of the society for four years ranks near the top. Winning Best of Show in PSWC's 2000 International Open Show and the Chico Masters Show round out my top three.
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