I have won many Art Competitions and Juried Art Shows, have been in numerous Solo and Group Art Shows and created many Commissioned pieces as well. I have belonged to many Art Groups and Societies through the years. I have traveled to Holland and visited the famous Rikyesmuseum, Van Gogh and Rembrandt Museums and seen in person such masterpieces created by Titan, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruebens, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Degas, Renoir, etc. Some of the Masterpieces were so absolutely breathtaking and magnificent that I stood in front them and wept.
Born into an Artistic and creative family of Dutch-German Ancestry, choosing to become an artist seemed effortless and a natural progression in life. I have been drawing and painting most of my life. I never tire of creating my pieces. I have progressed from doing Landscapes and Seascapes early in my Art career, to portraiture later on. I am drawn to the flesh tones of my subjects. I love creating the subtle color changes in a subjects face as the light dances over the bone structures, catching an expression and a moment in time.