Becoming an artist was not part of my life path; however, I have always taken pleasure in visiting art museums and reading about artists. Once I discovered the vibrant colors and looseness of the strokes in the world of pastels, I developed a passion for painting and an even greater appreciation for fine art. I now view the world around me in a broader and entirely different light. My work is influenced and inspired by pastel artists who are able to freely express themselves through the bold use of color and shapes. I am constantly seeking to improve my work and grow as an artist. I have recently included oil painting in my enjoyment of creating something artistic. Although I paint with some degree of realism, I strive to create something that is thought provoking and meaningful.