My artwork is unconventional, a hybrid of the East & West. I came to my calling after a five-year stay in Japan, which utterly transformed me. Deeply moved by their aesthetic, I felt an irresistible need to paint. My Western art heritage combined with a love of the Asian arts led to the blend of styles I use today: merging gesture drawing with Japanese brushwork, re-interpreting Chinese landscapes with a modern, American sensibility. For subject matter: sensual figures, serene still-lifes, quirky animals and quiet landscapes. With black sumi a Japanese, carbon-based ink and select use of color, I strive for the art of suggestion & subtlety. The goal is to be simple and natural, to be unpretentiously lovely.