I felt an affinity with the Volcano area from the first time I visited it in 1973 and vowed to live there one day. In 2000, I retired from my job as a civilian computer analyst for the U.S. Air Force in Honolulu and now make my home in Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. Primarily self-taught, I studied oil and acrylic painting at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and watercolor painting at Volcano Art Center. I get my inspiration from the cool, verdant, and peaceful rain forest that surrounds my studio and from the astonishing and ever changing volcanoes that are literally in my backyard. A three-time survivor of breast cancer, I largely credit my recovery to the serenity and healing energy of my mountain retreat.
Photo by Karen Kaufman