It is a particular challenge to take a large gear of pastels out to the field. It requires a good deal of physical stamina and determination, as well as a deep passion for the work. An artist learns important things by painting on location that cannot be learned in other ways. It brings a liberating sense of freedom and insight that carries over to the studio.
When working outdoors, I see musical rhythm, as well as drama and theater, in landscape. As sunlight breaks through the clouds it becomes a wonderful, warm spotlight, moving silently across a stage. I love being there! It has been a spiritual experience for me; one that I value highly for the personal growth it has brought into my life.
Being raised in Utah where the landscape is such an important presence in a person's life, it is natural to have a built-in sense of urgency to capture what is left of the natural beauty surrounding us.
Art fulfills a variety of important roles in society, but painting is, for me, an act of love. In spite of much strife in the world today, I see "peace and joy" in life and hope to have that felt in my work.
Pastel Society of America, Knickerbocker Artists, New York/USA
Pastel Society of America's major award, "The Giffuni Brother's Award for Exceptional Merit"
"Jurors Choice" Award in the annual April Salon
Springville Museum of Art (twice)
Regional and National Exhibits
Springville Museum of Art's major exhibit, "One Hundred and Fifty Years of Utah Art," a survey of notable Utah artists from pioneer times to the present, in association with the Cultural Olympiad Arts (Olympics).
Selected as one of Utah's "100 Most Honored Artists," for being the "groundbreaking pastellist in the state."
L.D.S. Museum of History and Art Biennial (three times)
Guest Artist in The Plein Air Painters of America annual exhibit (two years)
Knickerbocker Artists 45th International Exhibit
The International Association of Pastel Societies, "Third Biennial Exhibit"
Pastel Society of the West Coast
"Best of Pastel" and "Best of Pastel 2," Rockport Publishers
"Utah Painting and Sculpture," Gibbs Smith Publishing
Various museum catalogues
Work shown in artists' magazines, including Pastel Journal and Pastel Artist International