After setting aside my interest in art for many years because of the demands of my career as a college teacher, I picked up a brush again about 20 years ago. I haven’t put it down again. Painting is my zen. Thanks to the patient instruction of Fairfax, Virginia, artist John Young, I continued to develop skill and confidence. I work in oil and acrylic in a variety of genres, especially landscape and portrait, and I particularly enjoy the challenge of copying the masters.

As a student and teacher of literature, I know the importance of stories in our lives – indeed, in all of human experience. Art has allowed me to explore narrative in an entirely different medium. Every painting tells a story, and I love the challenge of representing experience on canvas. Still life, portrait, landscape – even abstraction – allow us to represent, imagine, and reimagine our realities.

While I enjoy the challenge of all of these genres, I have recently explored the extraordinary beauty of outer space in both acrylic and oils. This subject allows for a wonderful marriage of realism and abstraction while reminding me of our place in the much larger story of the universe.


League of Reston Artists

Artists Coalition of Fairfax

Work currently on exhibit as part of Art in Public Places, Reston Regional Library