I was one of the kids that kept drawing after childhood. All through school I drew my friends and pets. My college years were spent drawing from life and learning art history at Monterey Peninsula and Humboldt Colleges. Evenings I printed my etchings and learned to engrave copper plates in Carmel. I sold the prints to fund my trip to Europe where visited museums and started keeping a journal. My first book “Aesop’s Fables”, was printed on a letter press.
As a freelance artist I illustrated over 500 botanicals for the Sunset Western Garden Book, Roses, Edible Gardens and Lowe’s Outdoor Living web magazine. The Bobelaine Audubon Sanctuary’s field guide features scratch board illustrations which I researched, drew and prepared for press.
“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 began painting in oils with plein air paintings on the American River after studying oil painting with Fred Dalkey. Currently I paint still lifes, draw horses and keep a watercolor journal of my travels. My mother-of-pearl inlay designs can be seen on the guitars by Arnie Gamble. Also I create and maintain websites for small businesses.