I grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, arriving there in 1967 when I was about 3 years old after spending the first few years of my life in California and Switzerland. I started my journey to become a better visual communicator in the mid- 70’s when I took lessons from Gayle Fulwyler Smith on basic drawing and observation techniques. In 1978, when I was in eighth grade, I got more encouragement from art teacher James Guthrie. I kept up my focus in high school, with encouragement from teachers Petr Jandacek and Leslie Doran. For years I worked on portraits and basic perspective, usually in the form of simple line drawings using a rapidograph pen, which I loved for it’s precision and quality. It was only much later that I began working with light, shadow and color. My New Mexico landscape drawings are rooted in the meditative practice of observation and the sense of place. Although I live in Boulder, Colorado, I love going back to Northern New Mexico to draw.