I grew up in Monterey CA. I painted
through my youth. I just knew I was going to be an “artist”…but it was the 60s!
There was a war, and a draft, so I joined the Navy, got married and ended up
with a career as a Navy Photographer.
A few years ago I was really wanting to
start painting again, and I really wanted to go back to watercolor. To me
watercolor shines! Quite literally…watercolor shines! When it is laid down
cleanly with the whites intact, the sparkle in the image makes the painting a
magnet to me. I can’t stop looking at it. I don’t believe any other medium
forces a painter to work with what the paint wants to do the way watercolor
does. It runs, bleeds, mixes and separates on its own - and I love
For me, I believe that a lifetime isn’t
enough to grasp the full capabilities of the medium and I am really sorry I
wasted so much time finding my way back to it.
I stand at my easel and draw, and
contemplate; I make faces, stare, think some more and then put paint to paper.
It is a wonderfully fulfilling task, trying to balance design, color, and style
into an appealing representation of a local subject.
On rare occasions I dance!
I dance when I am lucky enough to watch
a most amazing event. While I hold my brushes in my hand, sometimes I watch them
paint the image I am thinking about. And I start doing things on paper I am
surprised to see. For when everything is just right, I am a bystander to the
whole event that unfolds on the paper before me. And I look at the painting and
wonder how I did that.
I have so much to learn and so many artworks to
create. It’s been a long journey from my Monterey childhood to my Island
painting, but I feel a connection to the kid who always believed he would some
day become an “artist.”
ART EDUCATION: 1964-65 George Muro & Nat Fast,
Allan Hancock College 2007 Larry Mason Workshop ,Joan McKasson Workshop 2009 & 2012 Frank Webb Workshop
MEMBERSHIPS: Signature Member, Northwest Watercolor Society Associate
Member, National Watercolor Society
2006 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Art Show 2007 Whatcom County's La Bella Strada Art Competition Coupeville Arts and Crafts Art Show - 3rd Place 2nd Annual Plein Air Painters' U.S. Open 2008 NW Watercolor Society 68th Annual Open Exhibition National Watercolor
Society All Members Exhibition Sequim Annual Arts Show Coupeville Arts and Crafts Art Show West Coast Paper Art Exhibition 2009 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery Coupeville Arts and Crafts Art Show - 2nd Place 2010 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival - Honorable Mention NW Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibit Eastside Association Of Fine Arts 35th Open Exhibit 2011 NW Watercolor Society 71st Annual Open Exhibition Edmonds EAF Museum Gallery Featured Artist Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival NW Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibit - 2nd Place 2012 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival - Best Of Show
HONORS: 2008 Greenbank Loganberry Festival Poster 2009 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Poster 2011 Edmonds Art Festival Poster 3 Paintings hang in Sen. Haugen's office
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