As a child I loved flowers, dogs, cats, nature, dancing and drawing. My father grew a vegetable and flower garden and I remember walking through the plant rows looking at the beautiful colors of the tomatoes, the different colors and shapes of the seasonal vegetables and flowers. I enjoy walking through gardens and visiting garden centers to find the most intriguing flowers or plants to paint. The plants and flowers are so vibrant, exciting, alive and wonderful. I work to bring this vibrancy into my paintings and try to express what I see of the flower. I strive to present the best composition and to incorporate depth and light into the painting to give the painted image a life of its own. I now work on my art every day.