As an artist from the Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio) much of my work represents the landscapes and wildlife that can be found in southern Ohio. I like to paint subjects I see everyday — rural farmscapes, backyard birds, local fauna and flora. Different seasons and changing light conditions keep familiar subjects fresh and new.
I also love to travel and experience new environments. While traveling I do so with an artist's eye, noting interesting compositions, light, shadow and color details, while mentally composing paintings. If I wasn't an artist I wonder how differently I'd see my surroundings.
I work in either watercolor or oils depending on the painting. Watercolor (or in combination with color pencil) works best for rendering the fine details of nature illustrations. I am involved with a number of nature conservation groups and create art pieces to help educate people about the wonder of diversity in nature. For landscapes and subjects that want to render a captured moment or emotional feeling I paint in oils, where not every detail is defined but is implied.
I've been a student of natural history for as long as I can remember, learning the local plant and animal species and geology and how everything is interconnected. After completing my biology BS degree from Northern Kentucky University I worked in pharmaceutical research for several years. Eventually my nature and art interests converged at Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio where I worked as Artist & Exhibits Manager for 19 years, designing and illustrating the Center's publications and interpretive exhibits. It was during that time I really honed my art and naturalist skills. I now create art from my home studio in Batavia, Ohio and continue my studies of planet Earth.
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