I paint people, animals, deities and other subjects from my home studio in Vancouver, Washington. I’ve been drawing all my life, but began to focus on art in the late 1980s when my day job was on Wall Street. While living in New York and later London, I studied drawing and painting extensively, and learned from a variety of talented teachers.
I have always been fascinated with the human form. I do quick gesture drawings regularly to capture the energy or inner impulse of a pose. I am continually drawn to Hindu deities immersed in meditation. To contemplate these graceful figures seemingly undisturbed by the cares of the world has an uplifting effect. And even more so to draw or paint them.
Some of my artwork over the past few years has been for the benefit of organizations who protect and rescue wildlife under threat. It can be painful to learn about the suffering of animals exploited for profit. Yet it is wonderful to see an individual elephant, bear or lion have an opportunity to heal, to be treated with kindness and begin a more natural life. And this can be wonderful subject for a painting.
I also love to paint portraits of people and of pets and am available for commissions.
Tara of Compassion