I was born and raised in Alpine, Texas. We were a ranching family so I spent a good bit of my life in the country. I came to appreciate the beauty of Far West Texas at an early age.
Although I earned my BA in Psychology, the majority of my professional career has been in the restaurant business, primarily baking. I delight in awing people with good things to eat!
In 1995 while visiting the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas, I was hired to be a cook on a dive boat looking for sunken treasure near Cuba. No treasure was found but the fun and experience were priceless! I spent 2 years living and working on a boat in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. As a result I find myself torn between the mountains of the South West and tropical sand and sea.
I came back to live in Alpine in 2000, but I still return to Eleuthera once or twice a year.
Several years ago I had the good fortune to meet Deborah Allison and began taking art lessons from her. I had had some art training in school long ago, but Deborah tapped into a passion I had no idea was there!
I have been painting and drawing for about 6 years. I have a long way to go and much to learn but that learning process is also a joy to me. I particularly like painting wild and domestic animals. Each has his own distinct character and expression - I like the challenge of capturing that individuality. Depending on the subject matter I use watercolor or acrylic. I also enjoy using collage technique combined with painting.
As with cooking and baking, I get such pleasure from creating art; finishing a piece, standing back to see the results and saying “I did that!” And of course the art work lasts so much longer than the food!