I got my Bachelor’s in figure drawing from Eastern Michigan University but I didn’t study oil painting while I was there so I’ve never felt comfortable with the materials. Oil painting was definitely foreign to me. 

Several years ago I began studying privately with painters I admire to fill the gap in my art education. Now that I’ve developed my own painting process I have more confidence and I enjoy painting like never before.

 Every day I try to paint, either in my studio or out with friends plein air. Painting outside is a great way to study the light, it’s so challenging I learn something every time but it’s fun.

I teach several oil painting near my home in SW Florida and try to upload paintings often here as well as exhibit in galleries. I feel very lucky to do what I do every day – play in the paint, always learning and sharing this with others through teaching.