Though I've been an artist in various mediums for most of my life, I came to oil painting relatively recently. My art is always evolving, through exploration, observation, imitation, trial and error.
I'm inspired by the beauty of the landscapes of the Colorado mountains and plains where I grew up, and by the wildlife and nature that abounds and surrounds me here. From hamsters to hummingbirds, I love all animals, and am astounded by the diversity of creatures of all kinds. I love painting animals and commissioned pet portraits. I strive to capturing the closest likeness and personality of the animal, especially in the eyes (the "windows to the soul".)
Collecting old, interesting objects has been a lifetime passion, and I find the wear and tear of old and well-used things beautiful. I love to combine these unusual, beautiful, funky (sometimes creepy) objects into still life vignettes that tell a story, evoke a mood, or cause a reaction.
I've been wielding a camera for decades. Landscapes and nature are my favorite subjects, but I also enjoy arranging & photographing still life vignettes. As a history and genealogy freak, I also have a passion for vintage family photos and stories, and I even collect antique & vintage photos (with no rhyme or reason--certain images just 'speak' to me).
These utterly unique images are not only fascinating windows into the past, but priceless pieces of history that deserve to be rescued and appreciated. Rescuing, restoring and properly archiving them means they'll be around for future generations to enjoy. And that makes me happy.
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