My first introduction to the magic and mystery of watercolor took place at the Glen Oak Park Pavillion when watercolorist Win Jones brought his artistry to the Peoria area in the early seventies. Since that time I have had the privilege to study with such watercolor professionals as Stephen Blackburn, Fealing Lin, Ron Ranson and locally with Jo Ann Bell and Jeanne Ledbetter.
I was born in northern Wisconsin, spending my summers at our family cottage near Eagle River. It was here among the tall birches and glistening waters of the chain of lakes that the stage was set for me to record these visual memories in watercolor.
I also like to work in pen and ink with subjects of special interest to me. Ed Levene, of Peoria, mentored me in the early stages of discovering the intricacies of this medium and I continue to discover new and delightful ways of expression in this seemingly simple, but often under estimated art form.
Today, watercolor continues to challenge, mystify, and astonish me as it offers endless opportunities to learn and evolve. It captures for me the essence of my Higher Power who is Jesus Christ, the one what has created all that is beautiful, and has allowed me to catch just a glimpse.