BioGrowing up on a farm, I learned early in life that I was closest to my God when I had my feet touching the soil, my lungs breathing fresh air and my eyes viewing the Beauty of the land, skies and water. Farm scenes, streams and lakes, oceans and mountains all evoke strong spiritual senses in me as I soak in God’s wonderment, I feel him working through me to my canvas. Other artists inspire me with their encouragement and comradery. In particular, the Chestnut group of plein air artists has been a treasure trove of skill development and inspiration. In addition, I have taken many private and group lessons/workshops while spending hours with my color palate and canvas as I express God’s creation with paint.