Brilliant color, the play of light and shadow, sunlight revealing the intricate veins of a petal, the intelligence shining through a bird's eye - these are the small wonders that excite me! I often paint an aspect of my subject that might otherwise go unnoticed, and so doing am able to touch again a bit of that beauty that I so love and cherish.
My art has also become a way for me to help wildlife threatened by loss of habitat, as a portion of each sale benefits environmental and conservation organizations.
My love of nature and animals was born in the rich, colorful world of Hawaii. As I child, I expressed my delight using crayons and fingerpaints, and later progressed to charcoal, ink, acrylics, batiks, and watercolors. I'm currently emphasizing watercolor, with its transparency and fluidity, in my work. I also enjoy the surprises that water mixing with pigment spring on me from time to time.
I am a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, a former member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon; I support the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the World Parrot Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).