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Painting and drawing has always been an escape for me. I discovered that I no longer had to live in the real world. I could visit places real or imagined and forget whatever it was that was troubling me. While working, all sense of time disappears and I am only in the place on the canvas. I prefer painting landscapes and natural things. Nature is always changing yet consistent and dependable in its beauty. I am inspired and uplifted by the changes, colors and shapes surrounding me in the outdoors. Viewing and painting these vistas take me to a place that is always rewarding, never disappointing. I want the viewer to feel like they are actually there on site, looking at what I have witnessed. I want them to hear the leaves blowing in the breeze, smell the flowers and feel the temperature. I paint in acrylics but was trained using oil paints. After developing an allergy to turpentine I switched to acrylics. I don’t use glazes to achieve depth, I use color and gel medium. Each subject touches me in a unique way. Some images are more realistic, some more abstract. It’s my way of allowing the viewer to create their own story about the painting.