My large-scale landscapes and figurative work use natural and man-made forms to anchor the viewer in the real world while encouraging contemplation of the metaphysical. Starting with words or phrases collected from dreams, conversations, literature and even scientific journals, I work toward a visual translation that may take the form of elegy, commentary or imagined myth. 

I work in oils, often combined with cold wax and other materials to create rich, varied surface textures that draw the viewer in physically as well as visually.  


A midwesterner by birth, I was raised in New York and Virginia. After earning a degree in art history from Swarthmore College, I moved to Boston and began a career in the tech industry, eventually settling in the Bay Area. Now retired, I have a studio in Gualala and serve on the board of the North Coast Artists Guild. 


My studio is open to the public the last weekend of August, the first weekend of September, and by appointment the rest of the year.




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