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​​"In my winding path through various artistic endeavors, I have found my home in ink and watercolor sketching and painting." 
"I love to draw and paint places and things I love, whether it be the majesty of the Grand Canyon, the humble flora and fauna of my homelands in the Sonoran Desert, or instruments of music."
"My heart sings with vibrant color and I seek to express that in my paintings. I find that adding black ink only makes the colors seem that much more vibrant."

I discovered my passion for drawing and painting relatively late in life, after taking an early retirement from a 22-year career in physics and engineering. I have always admired those who could create art, but it took me awhile to believe that I too could learn to do it. Just like with anything that can be learned, I discovered that with desire and daily practice came improvement until I saw both skill and passion for art flourish within me.
 
Aside from a couple of introductory watercolor classes in 2003, I am self-taught. It all began in November 2011 when I bought my first sketchbook and sketched the San Francisco Peaks as viewed from my mother-in-law's hospital room. Shortly after that, I committed to a challenge to sketch every day and did so for 75 consecutive days, and I haven't stopped since! It's been such an exciting journey of artistic growth for me these last five years, and I want to share it with you and help you to grow too!