Animals, both domestic and wild, have been a major force and focus in my life for as long as I can remember. Because of this deep interest, I became a veterinarian and spent 32 years working in several different fields of the veterinary medical profession. While still working full time, I decided to explore painting as a hobby and it was only natural that I chose animals as my preferred subject matter. Over the years, my one-time hobby of painting expanded into a passion for art, and through my art, I have learned to embrace animals in yet another way. Upon retirement from my veterinary career, I embarked on my new career as a professional artist.
Although I have taken classes and workshops in several different media, pastels have been my preferred medium for the last 12 years. I love the direct approach that working with pastels offers as well as the intensity of color that is so easy to achieve with soft pastels. Pastels are also ideal for creating the gamut of textures the help bring life to my animal paintings.
During my art career, I taught pastel classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art for 8 years. My work has garnered numerous awards in juried shows across the country and I have had six one-man shows of my paintings. My art work is now included in multiple private and corporate collections throughout the United States.