With influences as diverse as the Venetian techniques of 17th - 18th century painters and today’s alla prima style, I vary my work between realistic still lifes and relaxed, light-hearted animal portraits. I paint in oil and prefer a classic limited palette when painting a still life and a contemporary palette when painting animals. With either subject, I work using the Bistre method until I feel I have the under painting perfectly laid out. It is at this point I move to full color.
Drawing and painting have been a lifelong passion for me. My first foray into art — drawing on the shelf lining paper in my mother’s cupboards — started around age five. Much later, under the guidance of Nelson Sandgren, I studied fine art and graphic design at Oregon State University.
A native Oregonian, I live in Portland with my husband and many rescued cats and rabbits. For me, painting rabbits was a natural fit, considering my house rabbit Billy Bob lives cage-free in my studio. Volunteering for The Rabbit Advocates and The Oregon Humane Society since 1995 has given me considerable knowledge of rabbits and their nature.