I began keeping a journal on a trip to Europe after graduating at Monterey Peninsula College. When I returned I spent many evenings in a small studio in Carmel printing my etchings. My first illustrated book was “Aesop’s Fables”, printed on a letter press.
As a freelance illustrator, my largest project was illustrating over 500 botanicals for the Sunset Western Garden Book. Other illustration projects are Roses, Edible Gardens and Lowe’s Outdoor Living web magazine. I enjoy working with garden designers to create the 3-D illustrations of garden plans.
“Creating Your Own Artist’s Journal” is my book about journal making published by North Light Books. Beginning in your own backyard to sketching on the road, the book has tips on materials, composition and working from memory. I teach workshops on journal drawing using watercolor, pens and pencils.
I studied oil painting with Fred Dalkey and began painting plein air paintings of the American River. I paint still life paintings and draw horses and keep a watercolor journal. I also create and maintain websites for small businesses. My mother-of-pearl inlay designs can be seen on the guitars by Arnie Gamble.