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My journey as a student of fine art began after retiring in 2014 from a career in book publishing. It started at Hemet Valley Art Association with pencil-drawing classes under Rob Gelman, followed by Joyce Thomas’ watercolor workshops, and then Betty Pilley’s weekly advanced-watercolor classes. I remain a student of Betty’s and attribute my progress to her teaching and encouragement. 

I polished my techiques at workshops by Joyce Thomas, Janice Cipriani-Willis, and Susan Keith. I am member of HVAA and an Associate Artist at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula where I studied watercolor under Robert Willis.

My art has received numerous Best of Show awards at HVAA, and has been shown at HVAA, Redlands Art Association, Brandon Gallery in Fallbrook, The Merc and city Museum in Old Town Temecula, and at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. The portrait  "Captain Al" was awarded 3rd place, watermedia, at Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League's open juried competition in 2021.