My Mother, sister and I moved to Sarasota from Albuquerque, NM, in 1968, I started high school at Riverview and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1971. In 1972, I began my art studies at the world-acclaimed Ringling College of Art, graduating in 1975.
Those were fun years in Sarasota. We loved swimming at Siesta Key and Crescent beach. Nothing was more fun at night than having friends gathered around fires on the beach, laughing and playing music.
I became a full time artist/painter in 1983. I’ve strived to provide my artwork to as many people as possible by selling my work at very reasonable prices. Because of that, I’ve been very successful and never had to look for work. It’s given me the opportunity to become skilled in many areas, including portraits, plein air painting and murals.
With my 1963 VW bus, I painted
R Crum’s famous “Keep on Trucking”
character on the side.
with Michaela, in my senior year
at Sarasota High School.
We remain close to this day.
with Gayla, during my first
year of Ringling College of Art.
We remain close friends to this day.
with my five grandchildren.
in front of the Beach Club Mural,
in Siesta Key Village.
My five grandchildren.
They are smart, creative,
respectful and kind.
Post Whipple Surgery, July, 2020
This is before I lost 40lbs, going from
200lbs to 160lbs. I’m gaining weight.
176lbs and becoming stronger every day.
With my sister Kathy, 45 days after
surgery. She’s always been my best
friend and loving supporter.
A New Beginning
In June of 2020, I was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I underwent an extensive Whipple surgical procedure. I knew that my higher power, who I know as God, was in control, and I could rest in Him. In the midst of this difficulty, He drew me close. He’s given me hope for a new life, a new beginning.
God has a purpose for me. I believe that my love for painting comes from God. I look forward to continuing to paint the beauty of Siesta Key, now in a new, inspired manner. I believe my best work is yet to come, and I look forward to sharing it with you soon.