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Art has always been a big part of my life. I started out drawing and working in ceramic sculpture in my younger years but progressed into painting when our youngest daughter was 6 months old and that was 16 years ago.  I am mostly self taught and continue to expand my knowledge and artistic abilities daily.  In the last few years I started painting "small and often", usually producing up to 4 finished paintings a week. 

Much of my painting inspiration comes from being surrounded by the best things in this world; dogs and water. I think my love of the ocean came from growing up on Oahu.  My love for dogs came from my mom.

I paint mostly in acrylics, but will ocassionaly play around with other media. In my first 4 years of painting I enjoyed using oils. I switched to acrylics after selling our house and moving onto a sailboat. I found acrylics to be a bit more boat friendly. We lived aboard our boat, named Pearl, with our 2 daughters, and dogs for just under 7 years. In that time we spent each summer traveling north to the San Juan Islands and Canada. In 2011 we sailed South for a year to enjoy the warm waters of Mexico. We returned in 2012 and officially became land lubbers in 2013, purchasing a house in Olympia, Washington. Thankfully, we still have our beloved sailboat, Pearl, and find ourselves called to the water often. Many of my paintings are from our travels over the years.