It is through the stark reality of light and space that I blunder, stumbling with astonishment onto splendor. I can only respond by working, â€œto make present on the canvas, to representâ€¦some vital element, a rhythm, a contrast, a contourâ€, to be true as tuned eye and hand can tell to the capture of a moment. In the beginning, I wanted to work on childrenâ€™s books, so I majored in illustration at the Art Institute of Boston. But my first jobs were to design wrapping paper and greeting cards for New England companies and for Hallmark in Kansas City. I also did free-lance graphic design. In 1977 I moved to Northern California where I discovered glass and worked with Savoy Studios (now located in Portland, Oregon), continuing with them from a distance after my move to the Skagit Valley in 1984. Throughout this period I was commissioned to design stained glass panels on a variety of themes for residential and commercial spaces, and to paint inset portraits and details using kiln-fired enamels. It was fun. Now since discovering oil painting in 2005 I continue to delight in this most responsive and satisfying medium with which I work to convey something of the feast of form and color I find wherever I look.