My goal is to weave together color and texture and merge abstract and realistic elements together to create mood and movement.

Working on-site or in my studio, the pattern of light and shadow is the first thing that draws me to a subject. My intent is to capture the sense of the place.

I strive to capture the spirit of my subjects rather than who, what or where they are.

My art is my way to connect with and interpret the world around me. I invite you to share your response of my works with me and to share it with others.

Pastel painting uses the purest pigment that has been know to artists through the centuries and I use these pastels on special archival sandpaper capturing the color and vibrancy of the world and its people.

As you look through the paintings and drawings, I hope you will feel the hand and heart behind my work and experience a sense of freshness and energy.

I have trained with many talented artists over the years and have acquired a distinctive technique and have done many art shows and held numerous classes.

If you like what you see and want to know more or want a painting for your own, please click on “Contact” and drop me a line.

Dry pastel media can be subdivided as follows:

* Soft pastels — This is the most widely used form of pastel. The sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, resulting in brighter colors. The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Drawings made with soft pastels require a fixative to prevent smudging.

* Hard pastels — These have a higher portion of binder and less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material that is useful for fine details. These can be used with other pastels for drawing outlines and adding accents. However the colors are less brilliant than with, say, soft pastels.

* Pastel pencils — These are pencils with a pastel lead. They are useful for adding fine details.