Painting and art have always been a part of my life, as I grew up viewing the world through an artist`s eyes. I love color and see it in many things. I have always been intrigued and fascinated with Monet?s work with impressionism. In 2005 I discovered Plein Air painting, and since then have created numerous landscapes and reflections in the water with pastels and other mediums. Nature inspires me and there is a certain amount of serenity when I paint outdoors. Sometimes when I am painting, I have a visitor. The Great Blue Heron often is present, so I like to include him in my pictures. Over the last twenty years, I have painted large murals for homes and commercial businesses in the Mid-Michigan area. My private business, CREATIVE ENDEAVORS, offers me the privilege of teaching, painting and doing custom contract work. My education includes an Associate?s Degree in Art from Jackson Community College and a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art from Michigan State University.