About the Artist:
I have MS degrees in education and recreation therapy, but art and the outdoors are my passions. I have always enjoyed art and have dabbled in various media over the years: drawing, colored pencils, watercolor, pottery, sumi-e and most recently, collage.
I am intrigued by the way the patterns of the papers blend together to create a watercolor effect. Often I am surprised at the way a paper actually behaves. The textures and brilliant colors found in various papers lend themselves to the creation of super-realistic landscapes. Some of the papers "talk" to me: I see a tree trunk, fall foliage, mountains, sand dunes, a field of flowers, sky or water in the qualities of the sheet of paper. Sometimes the reverse side of a paper provides an entirely different effect.
The inspiration for my work comes from my love of nature that I enjoy while I am hiking and backpacking here in Washington and all over the world.