Growing up in the Santa Barbara foothills, I was surrounded by the natural world. Leaving home at 17 to travel solo to Australia and later around the world for months at a time, fed a burning desire to see and experience more of the world, countries, peoples and cultures. Returning home, I was awakened to the beauty here at home and it wasn’t long before I was drawn to the work of California’s last century impressionists and west coast plein-air artists, particularly those in the Oak Group. Picking up the brush as an adult changed my life. Beautiful views, large and small, were everywhere, waiting to be studied, captured in paint and shared. The challenge and joy in this work quickly became, and remains to this day, my primary passion and interest. To do this work with the Oak Group benefiting the preservation of our natural spaces has a deep resonance for me, is an honor and a privilege.