In the beginning, I wanted to work on children’s books, so I majored in illustration at the Art Institute of Boston. But my first jobs were to design greeting cards for Rust Craft in New England and wrapping paper for Hallmark in Kansas City. I also did free-lance graphic design.
In 1977 I came to the west coast where I discovered glass and worked with Savoy Studios out of Eureka. I moved with them when they relocated to Portland, Oregon and then continued to partner at a distance after my move to the Skagit Valley in 1984. Through Savoy I’ve been commissioned to design stained glass panels on a variety of themes, from intricate Tiffany-styled landscapes for private residences, to a series of musicians, magicians and private eyes for a California chain of theme restaurants, as well as crazy stuff for Tavern on the Green and Trump’s Taj Mahal. For Denali National Park it was an Alaskan wildlife scene on 31ft of windows installed in the 1990 visitors center. In each of these projects I used kiln-fired enamels to paint inset portraits and details. It’s been fun.
Since 2005, I continue to paint in oils and still delight to have discovered at last such a responsive and satisfying medium with which I can address the feast of form and color I find wherever I look.