I have been painting in pastel since 1978 and am currently represented by Paseo Artworks Gallery, Oklahoma City. I have have studied with Mitsuno Reedy, Ted Majka, Sherrie McGraw, Debby Kaspari, Jude Tolar and Clive Tyler. I draw inspiration for my more impressionistic landscapes (somewhere south of impressionistic, and north of true abstract) from the Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico countryside, or from 4,000-6,000 feet in the air (Oklahoma aerials).
Objects found in my still lifes include family antiques or fun objects I've found at junk stores.
My pastel paintings are painted with mostly Terry Ludwig Pastels on U-Art or Wallis paper (all archival). I have taught painting and drawing workshops in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas.
Featured in "Best of Pastel Artists in America," Volume II (pages 115-116)
See televised demo from April 28, 2011 Oklahoma Festival of the Arts.
First Place Still Life/Floral, Oklahoma Pastel Society Spring Show 2016
September 2014 - Kansas State Fair Art Show Judge
May, 2014 - First Place, Small Works, Oklahoma Pastel Society Spring Show, "Oklahoma Road"
May, 2014 - Second Place, Still Life and Florals, Oklahoma Pastel Society Spring Show, "Summer Peonies"
November, 2012 - Third Place, Still Life, OAG Small Works Show
November, 2011 - Featured artist Summer Wine Gallery, OKC
2011 - September - OCCC Arts Festival, OKC, Art Show Judge
2010 - First Place Still Life, Oklahoma Art Guild, "Old Friend III"
2009 - Selected for inclusion in "Best of America Pastel Artists, Vol. 2"
2008 - February - Pastel Journal Creative Spark Winner, "Two of a Kind"
2008 - May - First Place Still Life, Oklahoma Pastel Society, "Bottoms Up II"
2008 - September, Kansas State Fair Art Show Judge
2007 - Best of Show, Oklahoma Pastel Society, "Orange Reflected"
2003 - Best of Juried Show: "Mission: Art" - Oklahoma City
Pastels consist of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce oil paints. I use the highest quality pastels, such as Terry Ludwig Pastels. Pastel paintings are just as permanent and color-fast as oils when framed under glass.