I began painting watercolors in 1980, in the summers during my college years, under a Columbus artist named Leland McClelland.  He would meet with groups of students out in the country, demonstrate how to paint with watercolors and then we would paint for hours.  Afterward, he told each of us something wonderful about our painting and then something we could do to improve...he was a tremendous encouragement to me and helped me progress in skill and confidence.  After graduating from Miami University, with a degree in Fine Art, I worked for a short time as a graphic artist in an advertising firm in Dallas, then began a career of free lance graphics and watercolor painting in Columbus, Ohio, which has included a variety of commissions, gallery and local art shows, street fairs, and “paint out” competitions.


   My paintings are realistic, yet not photographic.  Each painting represents a “story” to me, based on a thought, a mood, or some idea I am trying to understand. Many of these “stories” are based on Scripture and the titles sometimes reflect this. I am especially inspired by the light and the dark--in a visual sense, exploring how sunlight affects the color of whatever it touches and experimenting with the color of shadows--and in a spiritual sense, contemplating the contrast between spiritual light and spiritual darkness. The world, seen through my eyes, is a hopeful place and in my work, the light always outweighs the dark!

   May you find the peace and hope that surpasses all understanding.

welcome to the world as seen through my eyes

“A Rare Opportunity”


Watercolor on 300 lb. Arches Cold Press

“The Potter’s House”


Watercolor on 300 lb. Arches Cold Press