As long as I can remember art has been a major part of my life. I started off experimenting with drawing with pen and ink and painting. My artwork took on a new direction when I discovered I could add papers and other ephemera to my work. I use handmade papers that feel like fabric, which give the surface of the painting a subtle relief. and this can best seen in the hand-cut paper leaves in my trees. The many trees and night skies in my art are inspired by the forests that surround my home in the Pennsylvania Mountains, under the darkest skies in the east. My interpretation of animals and landscape is surreal and reflects the influence of story books from years past. Now I tell my own stories in my art.