With a strong background in figure drawing I find it exciting to depict the unposed gestures of people relating to each other and their surroundings. I especially prefer those engaged in outdoor, leisure-time activities such as plein-air paintouts, Scarab Club life drawing sessions, and various events such as concerts. I take photographs for resources to capture people in action and supplementary details for studio paintings. To enrich my visual experiences, I frequently travel to countries with different cultures, unique ruins or architectural features as in Belize and Sicily. Once home, I try to recapture the flavor of the people and places I’ve seen. In painting those scenes that have resonated with me, I hope to elicit a similar response in the viewer.
Utilizing degrees in sociology from Wayne State University, I worked over thirty years as a researcher and planner for the City of Detroit Planning Department. Part of this time I sketched in figure drawing workshops. After retiring in 1990, I returned to Wayne State University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993.
In addition to the DSWPS, I am a member of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association, the Scarab Club, and Anton Art Center, and I have exhibited in their sponsored art shows as well as in those of other art groups. My work has earned many forms of recognition, including the Scarab Club Gold Medal.