Although art-making has always been an intrinsic part of my life, I came to painting relatively late after careers in public administration and teaching. My formal art training took place at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Beginning with oil paint, I soon discovered the conveniences and pleasures offered by soft pastel. It has been my pleasure to have trained with some of the finest pastel and plein air painters in the field: Richard McKinley, Kim Lordier, Maggie Price, Lorenzo Chavez, Bill Cone Teri Ford, Ada Pissaro, Donna Yeager, and Sally Strand. I paint in the tradition of 20th Century realist plein air painters, with about 50 percent of my work executed from my own photographs viewed on a monitor in my studio.
My professional affiliations include The California Art Club, Pastel Society of Southern California, Plein Air Artists of Riverside, and the Artist Guild of the Huntington Gardens.