I have been painting in the Midwest, primarily Kansas, for over 25 years. I have traveled to many places throughout the world but I am still drawn to the simplistic beauty of Kansas. Many people think of Kansas as just a flat agricultural state, but in fact it is full of wonderful hills, tree lined rivers and creeks, and other unique land formations. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking and calming at the same time. Our four seasons create a myriad of colors worthy of any artists' palette.
Any artist can see the grandeur of the great mountains and oceans, but to find beauty in the simplest of rocky plains, tall native grasses, back roads, meandering creeks, and fields of grain takes someone who loves the region...loves the plains.
Regional art plays an important role in American history. I feel it not only records our place in time, but it is a window for others to see the ordinary in a not so ordinary way. I try to share that in each painting I create.
I was raised in western Kansas but eventually came to eastern Kansas to attend Washburn University, earning a BFA in 1981.
Some of the other places I love to paint are Texas, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona. I enjoy painting "en plein aire", so many of my works are painted on location.