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Artist's Statement

I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in drawing, painting, looking at, or reading about art.  This interest never wavered, although my career took me into a highly technical field.  This long-time interest in art, however, leans toward natural forms and intense realism.  Originally an oil and landscape painter, I suffered much criticism that my work was "too realistic."  I gradually came to realize that my leaning toward realism in art was more suited to depicting the natural world in a closer focus.  For the past several years, I have been exploring nature through a particular interest in botanical illustration and natural history subjects.   

 Pursuing botanical subjects offers me license to be as realistic an artist as I can be.  I completed a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and have begun to share what I have learned through teaching Drawing Nature with Colored Pencil at RISD.