.Art has always been an important and vital part of my life. At an early age, drawing became my way of “taking down notes” whenever I experienced something that impressed me. I love people and animals, and so portrait work became my main focus for many years, although I have also found great peace in painting and drawing flowers; and in studying the way that an early morning mist can transform a landscape simply by the way the sunlight shines through from behind. Nature provides us with such inspirational scenes, everyday, whenever we take time to look up from our demands. I did not finish any formal study, but have had many wonderful teachers; and I am fortunate to have been surrounded in my lifetime by so many folks who are passionate in their appreciation of all of the creative arts, and who have always shared generously their ideas and their own artistic experiences. I have worked professionally, taking commission work, since I was 16, then later added, at times, sign painting, and holiday window painting, mostly working locally. I am very grateful to now be able to show my work on this site, and to share the thoughts and works of other artists showing here. I am grateful to all of you who take some of your time to browse through my portfolio of work. I hope that you find something you like, and thanks for your appreciation of the arts.