As an art lover, the Washington area’s rich cultural life, the encouragement of friends and family, and the leisure of retirement have allowed me to resume painting and return to what I had enjoyed so much in my childhood. I began art seriously after retiring from government service in 2005. I set up a studio at our home basement.   Good space and lighting encouraged me more. I spend as much as time as I can with my art and my studio inspires me to concentrate on my work.

I began with oils and later took up water color and acrylic.   I took a course in abstract painting at the Art League of Alexandria. There I found I loved the bright colors of abstract art. I have participated in numerous shows and am an enthusiastic member of the Arlington Artists Alliance and have displayed in local galleries.   I have had paintings chosen for juried shows in numerous venues in Northern Virginia.

Much of my inspiration comes from travel.   I have visited France and Italy for workshops and have painted many scenes from Vermont and foreign countries where I lived during 33 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.