Hiking is likely the reason I started drawing and painting. My love of the outdoors began very early, with my first memory of standing on a beach in Bremerton, Washington after the second world war with a tiny red crab in my pinafore pocket screaming my head off. Despite that, I kept coming back for more – scouting, baseball, biking, swimming, fishing – anything that was outside and was cheap, therefore priceless as I have learned as an adult. As a member of the Sierra Club and the Mazamas, a climbing club in Oregon, it was impossible not to drink in the beauty of the wilderness and the peace and basic sensibility this provides.
Spending a career in the medical field was a natural inclination as I love science and knowing how things work. Much of this comes in undergraduate education which provided me with some background in geology and biology along with the usual specific training in premedical coursework. I practiced Pathology for many years, which included running laboratories and the diagnosis of disease, mainly from surgical specimens. Looking at images through the microscope is a visual experience which is similar to being a visual artist in some ways, although observation and creation are different skills.
My art education began as an adolescent studying art history and doing casual sketches on outings. During college and medical school I was able to fit in a few art classes, and this continued throughout my career and included photography, drawing, and painting with a bit of printmaking. Along with attending classes at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, I studied with several artists who were proficient in watercolor and oil painting, including figure painting, still life, and landscape painting. Now it is my challenge and my joy to combine everything and find my way as an artist. Landscapes, especially of local Northwest scenes are my favorite subject, and I enjoy painting “en plein air,” often finishing those canvases in my studio at home after establishing the composition and color scheme on location.