I grew up in Minnesota, treasuring our walks in the country or in the woods and our drives to the western mountains. Those roots stayed with me as I moved to Arlington and the world around continued to delight. I surprised myself by discovering and loving painting in oils. The easel and paints call to me. I work primarily from photos I have taken, trying to capture the spirit of the place. Some still life paintings and some street scenes are represented in my work. My strongest identification is with nature in motion, the animated world around us. While I love creating things that others can appreciate, painting is a mindfulness practice.