Growing up in Oregon surrounded by lush natural beauty and endless places to explore, I was always happiest when using my imagination and creating!
This child-like wonder and fascination with the beautiful world God has given us has carried on throughout my life and is best expressed through oil painting; where I capture my exuberant feelings on canvas. Gardens and flowers are a special delight to me. Oil paint has rich colors, sumptuous texture and comes from a time-honored tradition. It is slow to dry and can be shaped and moved in fluid washes or thick juicy strokes.
I am an optimist and joyously respond to color and the play of light. Color can sing, bounce or whisper… I can’t imagine making art without color!
The challenge of the creative process humbles and enriches me. I want to bring joy to others when they look at my paintings. This emotional connection is the greatest reward for me!
I paint outside weather permitting, or with music blasting out of my “dream-come-true-studio” on top of our boathouse overlooking Oswego Lake.
Fresh off the easel
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery - 2018 Fall Show
Opening: October 26
1237 SW 10th Ave. at Jefferson, Portland, OR
Beckham Estate Vineyard, Tasting Room Exhibition, 2018
30790 SW Heater Road
Sherwood, OR 97140