I've painted most of my life. Watercolor study and exhibiting began in Minneapolis during the '90's. In 2006, I retired from arts administration and moved to California. Inspired by the coast, I began painting with acrylics.
For sheer beauty, California is amazing and encourages painting outside (en plein air), opening to the unexpected, whether the presence of birdsong, roar of surf, brush of breeze, or the absence of something you forgot. It can be an argument with the wind or an experience of oneness. Whether painting alone or with others, one's color eye is opened for at least the rest of the day.
My writing and deepening involvement with a poetry community developed in Minneapolis and led to a book, Painting the Sun, published in Santa Cruz. See the Poetry page for information and more poetry.
I lead a monthly New Yorker Poetry Group for Osher Lifelong Learners.*
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