As a creative mind works it own magic when the artist's mind gets out of the way, varieties of Atlantic Seabirds began appearing on the backs of a series of imagined horses dancing or walking about on a greening desert.   

My Story

I have been a visual artist since I was five years old. I grew up in Northern Illinois, I had asthma and inclement weather kept me in bed for months at a time during the winter. I began copying pictures of Disney characters from Comic books as well as horses, rabbits and birds from photos and Native American paintings of deer and antelope  I saw in Arizona Highways.  

I began drawing the Rain In the Desert Series, after a road trip to the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona last spring during May. They had gotten a lot of rain. All along the highway, wildflowers were blooming with exuberance. I was enchanted. Usually, there are no wildflowers at all in that dry area.  

 

During the time we were there I read several books about the lives of Atlantic Seabirds, their extraordinary intelligence and their ways of life. These birds are disappearing fast for a variety of reasons, mostly associated with global warming.

 

All varieties of Albatross, Fulmar,  Shearwaters, Gannet, and even Puffins are finding it hard to survive these changes and challenges.

 

As a creative mind works it own magic when the artist's mind gets out of the way, varieties of Atlantic Seabirds began appearing on the backs of a series of imagined horses dancing or walking about on a greening desert.   

I deeply love animals and environments and enjoy painting portraits of people's pets: dogs, cats horses, sheep, goats, tortoises, parrots, iguanas, whatever.

My father was a passionate bird, nature and wildflower lover as well as an excellent horseman, a wonderful role model who has greatly influenced my work and life

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