I am a retired High school Art Teacher with a passion for teaching and creating visual art. As a teacher, my greatest joy has been witnessing my students acquire a greater appreciation of God’s marvelous creation through their artistic expressions. As an artist, I have been fascinated and refreshed by nature and the environment around me. Ever since moving to Canada, I have been captivated by its diverse and unique landscape, and have made it the focus of my paintings.
Canada’s four distinct seasons provide ample opportunity to observe the ethereal transformation that the land undergoes. From the newness of spring and the warmth of summer, to the wisdom of fall and the silence of winter, the landscape changes and depicts the circle of life. Each landscape that I compose reflects the ‘seasons’ in my life as well, and are embedded with personal symbolism. For example, The Enchanted Moon was composed at an intensely low point in my life. The lonesome pine tree represents me encircled or embraced by the very presence of God saturating my entire environment, and reminding me that I am not alone. Such nostalgic symbolism is embedded in my landscapes, reminding me of God’s continual transformation in me.
I believe that God is the master artist who has created an intensely beautiful world, so it is difficult for anyone to capture its true essence. Yet, through painting His creation, I have a means of worshiping the creator, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.