I always knew that visual aesthetics were important to me. My love of terrain propelled me out of the flat Midwest, to the West with its inspirational landscapes. But I didn’t take up painting to express my love of nature and geology until I was in my fifties, after other careers. Since participating in abstract painting workshops under Rich Stich, Bob Burridge and Jim Armstrong beginning in 2004, I’ve been largely self-taught. I begin each painting with an idea, and then let it progress until the piece feels right.

After losing our home and belongings in Santa Barbara’s Tea Fire of 2008, we moved to a home with a lovely garden. I began wandering along the paths and working with the plants, and found it to be very meditative and healing. I realized that my new fascination with botanicals was really about the same thing as geology: change. Plants grow and die, and the earth builds up and erodes. I learned from the fire that everything around you is impermanent, which somehow is freeing. My paintings represent the physical world which is constantly evolving.