Welcome to my collection of work, ideas, and inspiration. I am in the process of moving and updating content from my old website to this new WordPress blog, so please check back for more updated content soon.
I received a BFA in 1983 from West Texas A & M University, and then in 1985 I went to the University of California, Santa Barbara for my MFA. I have exhibited my work professionally for the past 20 years …primarily in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, but also in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and a traveling exhibition in China.
Alexandra Steven’s Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe has represented my work for the past 16 years. If you are interested in purchasing my work, contact the Alexandra Steven’s Gallery, but please feel free to contact me directly with any comments or questions!
I currently teach both traditional and online classes in design, art history and art appreciation at Amarillo College in Texas.
Soft pastels have proved to be a very fluent medium for me. The technique is subordinate to the content, so I can get an idea and follow through with it. My work depicts simplified architectural and landscape forms in a distorted perspective and seamlessly blends the pastels in smooth color transitions.
Although I am known as a pastel artist, and continue to paint pastels…recently I have started making short films. My passion for filmmaking has allowed me to explore not only film, but photography as well. Painting, filmmaking, and photography deal with the same essential design components…composition, light, color, emphasis…it’s all part of visual storytelling. To see more of my short films, see my Vimeo Channel and my YouTube Channel.
The Canon 7D has changed my life – what a magical tool. Not only does it take great stills of my work, but it is an incredible filmmaking machine! Years ago I started doing “Ken Burns” slideshows of other artists’ work for my Art History and Art Appreciation courses, and then began to explore the potential of applying my artist’s eye to making moving images. It’s been quite a journey…instead of taking me away from my pastels, it has led me to consider my pastels as scenes from movies with stronger composition, lighting, color, and also a fresh eye. Most of my short films, pastels, and photographs share the same surreal and symbolic quality.