I work mostly in watercolor; the medium’s fluidity and independence balance my tendency towards control and detail. I’ve sketched most of my life, but moving into color was a qualitative change.
In Northern Arizona, I first encountered the unique perspectives and color of the Southwestern desert, before teaching, traveling, and residing in East Asia and Europe. I retired from the U.S. State Department in 1985, after serving in London, Izmir, Moscow, and Kyiv, as well as various places in Washington. Since then I’ve studied watercolor under gifted teachers at the Smithsonian, at the Academy, at Arlington Adult Education and most recently at the Art League. I visit my daughter in Paris every spring, as well as the coasts of New England in summer and Florida every winter, hence the bistros, seashells and lighthouses that populate many of my paintings.