Having grown up in western New York State, I learned about the Hudson Valley through my studies in art history and was interested in the 19th century Hudson River School of Artists. When I first came to live in this region, it was like living in those paintings. I immediately responded to the grandeur of the mountains and river, and the charm of the small towns. I work in predominately in pastels and specialize in landscape and still life. My paintings are expressions of my love of nature, interest in detail, and enjoyment of color. The use of pastels gives me a very direct, tactile connection between what I see and what I want to express.