I have been married to my husband Burt for twenty-two years and we have four adult children and four grandchildren. We are blessed that they all live near us in Southern Oregon and that we can spend time with them. Watercolor has become one of my passions in retirement- besides the overriding passion of being a grandmother to my wonderful grandchildren. I have loved the visual arts my entire life, however it was only after I retired from my career in banking that I was able to spend time in a creative practice.
I had dabbled in other media like oil and acrylic over the years, but it was only after retiring in 2018 when I took lessons from Marianne Neilson that I worked in watercolor. I fell in love. The past five years have been an amazing creative journey. I love taking workshops and trying new techniques. I enjoy trying to capture the light in my paintings and transparent watercolor is a challenging but beautiful medium to try to do that.
Being part of the Gallery One family of artists has been a joy. Getting to know fellow artists here in Southern Oregon as well as the public when I am working in the Gallery has been wonderful. Last year I joined the Watercolor Society of Oregon and have enjoyed being a part of a community of watercolorists. I’m excited to be a co-chair of the WSO April 2025 convention, which will bring watercolor artists from all over Oregon to Grants Pass. The juried art show will be hung at the Grants Pass Museum of Art, and the juror will be Internationally and Nationally recognized artist Jean Pederson. Art and creating art have enriched my life in so many ways. I am very lucky to be able to be part of this amazingly creative community.
I look forward to demonstrating my painting process during First Friday on September 1st and being able to meet and interact with the visitors to Gallery One.