Though I first started painting (self-taught) as a teenager with oils, I later became intrigued with watercolor. I prefer the lightness of watercolor as opposed to oil paint and enjoy being challenged by the more unforgiving medium of watercolor. Most of my painting is wet on wet, meaning I usually wet the area of the paper I am going to paint before applying color. The flow of the paint in the water causes me to feel mellow, and I sometimes hold my head as I paint because I become so relaxed. It has a very calming effect on me.
I enjoy painting in a realistic style because it comes naturally to me. But I also try to challenge myself to using a looser style which gives my work a different look. The Monart School of the Arts under direction of Courtney Shortal Tice, has given me the training and experience of painting with a looser style and stretching myself as an artist. I have also been influenced by classes by local artist, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland.
My favorite subject is flowers and I enjoy using bright colors when depicting them. The process of painting flowers gives me an uplifted feeling, which I hope is transferred to the viewer the same way receiving flowers can make you happy.