My Artist Statement is a tale of discovery. For me, painting is not a pastime but a privilege. I paint to tell a story, to escape, to express myself and to explore feelings. I learn from and am inspired by our natural surroundings, past and present. Watercolor is the perfect spontaneous medium for me to capture and create. Enthralled by the action of water, paints and paper, I watch for "happy accidents" to happen. Reflecting on our wonderful world fills me with hope and inspiration. I hope my bold, vibrant paintings will strike a common chord in my viewer, evoke memories of past times, elicit a touch of nostalgia and bring forth joy.