Artist Statement

Living on the Oregon coast, I find myself challenged to capture the colors of the varying coastal light as it reflects off the ocean, sand and rocks, or filters through the lush forests.  My use of encaustics, watercolor on Yupo paper or soft pastels all allow for continual modifications as the painting develops.


Always an artist, I worked as a psychiatric nurse in the Midwest.  Having a non-art career gave me a freedom to paint without depending on art for my income.  One of the last highlights before leaving the area was being in a Ten Year Retrospective Show.

Upon retirement we moved to Bandon, Oregon, where I find inspiration in the  southern Oregon coast seascapes and landscapes and the amazing coastal light.

The following are awards received since moving to Oregon in 2012:

Coos Art Museum:  Peoples’ Choice Honorable Mention at the’s Biennial 2012Show for “Sunset Lake.”

Acceptance into the Expressions West Show for “Boardman Natural Bridges” in2013, “Silver Falls” in 2014, “Yellow Tree Waterfall” in 2015 and “Under theBoardwalk” and “Johnson Creek Mist” in 2016.

Florence Celebrate Arts! 2012 Show: Merit Awards for “Bandon Inlet,” “Chestnut Tree”and “Tide Pool Tunnel.”

Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio in Bandon:  First Place for miniatures in the Fourth Annual Miniatures & Small Works Exhibition June, 2013, for “Mossy Tree.”

Honorable Mentions for “ Beach Clouds” and “Coastal Wind” and People’s ChoiceAward in the 2014 show.

Pacific Park Gallery, Coos Bay, “Coastal Light” one man show September and October,2013.

Watercolor Society of Oregon’s 49thAward of Distinction for “Blacklock Path” at the Aqueous Media Exhibition, April, 2014, in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Pastel Society of Oregon:  Award of Distinction at the 19th Biennial Membership Showin Roseburg, Oregon, July, 2015.  “Barns N Farms” web show, Award ofDistinction for “Hobby Horse Farm” November, 2015.

27th IAPS 2015 Web Show, November, 2015, “Under the Boardwalk” was juried into the international web show.


I am represented by the Second Street Gallery in Bandon, (

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