"I have been working with pastels for about eight years and am particularly drawn to the rich color of pastels and the energy that can be achieved by the actual pastel strokes. I also fell in love with "plein air" painting (painting on location out of doors) which combines my love for drawing, painting and being outdoors. I have found that "plein air" painting can be an intense visual awareness and interaction with the world around us. It's always an adventure and surprise as to what you will find to paint and how the painting will evolve. When a painting comes together, it's a gift-a piece of creation that you didn't know was out there and you get to bring it home.