I grew up near New York City. I discovered a passion for Nature during my university years in upstate New York, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. As a young student it was difficult for me to choose between studies in Science or Art, and I tried to combine them by using scientific imagery in my paintings and drawings. After receiving a B.A. degree in Fine Arts I moved west, first to the mountains of Colorado, and then to the wilderness of Montana where I did my graduate work at the University of Montana. After receiving an MFA Degree I moved to Portland, Oregon and the lush forests of the Cascade Mountains.
As a child I spent a lot of time with my grandfather, a European immigrant. He was different from Americans, speaking French and putting prints of Modern European Painting on his walls. He never made it back to Europe before he died But I finally got to France for the first time in 2000 at the age of 43, and that changed my life. Later France became my home.
I am a devoted animal lover and advocate. In 2006 I went back to school for a Veterinary Assistant training program. I hoped to gain skills that would enable me to help animals in some way. In rural France I found a way to make a difference by creating a non-profit association dedicated to helping neglected, mistreated horses.www.helping3horses.com
Creating is more than a pastime for me, it is like breathing, a necessity. I can't explain why..add that to the mysteries of life. Painting, and music are avenues to my being, a sense of connection to nature and the universe, a sense of wonder and joy of being in the present moment, giving peace within. I hope that those who experience my work feel some of this as well.