I began painting in the fall of 2002. It provided a creative outlet as well as a connection to my mom, also an artist, who had passed away in June. I still feel that connection every time I paint.
I think that because I had always enjoyed trying to capture the beauty of nature in photographs, I naturally gravitated toward landscape painting. Much of my inspiration comes from photos taken during a trip to Italy, which included a landscape painting class in Tuscany. I feel such a sense of timelessness and peace in the subjects I choose. I use fairly thin layers of paint and dry brushing to create a softer, more serene look. I hope to continue learning and painting, as art provides both challenge and fulfillment.