A lifelong artist, I make art because coming up with an idea is what gets me out of bed in the morning and into my studio, mercifully located in my home. So much of what I love in life is at home- my pets inside and wildlife out, nature pouring through the windows, comfortably cluttered rooms full of books and art, the forest surrounding me. My art originates with that early morning idea, a daily walk in the woods, the imagery around me. The deep connection to my surroundings is reflected in the art I make, even using pages of books in my art and the book itself as the canvas with the animals love as the subject. Animal and landscape renderings in mixed media, storytelling dioramas and large works on canvas all have a similar feel of natural wonder.