What I create is a part of me, as I am part of the one
who created me. My highest aspiration is for people
to look at my work, and see something of the nature
and likeness of God.
I married Jim in November of 1985. To live together
for over 25 years and still like each other is
extraordinary. True love endures the tide of ever
changing feelings. We have four amazing children,
Mike, Melissa, Rebecca and Rachael. Rachael was
with us for almost three months, nearly all of which
she spent at Children's Hospital in San Diego.
Losing her was the most difficult thing I have ever
experienced. Yet it was pure joy to know her and an
honor to hold her in my arms while she was birthed
into eternity. Though she was taken from me in this
life, the time will come when we can never be
separated. Mike, Melissa and Rebecca are brilliant,
creative people, whom I respect and admire. They
are not only my children, they are three of my best
friends. My grandson, Matthew, is pretty much the
center of my universe.
I began painting, almost by accident, in 1998. It has
become one of the great pleasures of my life. Along
this journey I have met some rare and wonderful
people. They are treasures I hold in my heart.
|My artistic influences...
I love the way Cezanne used strong brushwork and
bold colors to convey movement. Achieving such
spontaneity is surprisingly difficult.
I study Cezanne frequently to break out of the habit
of merely copying an image. I especially enjoy his
still life and landscapes.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Jeunes filles au piano
I saw "Girls at the Piano" in a travelling Renoir exhibit at the San
Diego Museum of Art a few years ago. I learned a great deal by
examining his brushwork up close. It was at the same exhibition
that I saw the nude below and became familiar with Frederick
Carl Frieseke, an American Impressionist influenced by Renoir.
Frederick Carl Frieseke
Venus in the Sunlight
When I first saw this painting, I began to
understand the use of color to interpret light
which was the foundation of the Impressionist
Movement. It is an amazingly beautiful piece in
person. I learned more in a few moments, just
from looking at it, than in 9 years of study and
Since I do not earn my living as a photographer, feel free to use my photos. If you need a larger size, just email me and I'll send the
image. They are not of a quality to print, but they might make good reference for paintings or websites.
Fondly, Beverly S.
|"Our tokens of love are for the most part barbarous.
Cold and lifeless because they do not represent our life.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Therefore let the farmer give his corn;
the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells;
the painter, his picture; and the poet, his poem."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Don't be a bad pirate!
Please don't rob me of due compensation for my work.
It's against the law and it's just not nice!
(Aarrgh, intellectual booty!)
Grove of the Patriarchs
Mt. Rainier National Park
|The creatures were much
friendlier than they looked at
Olympic Game Farm
Gulls taking a break in port at Anacortes
Orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (The one peeking up is a baby)
Fishing boat & Mt. Baker
A roadside waterfall
Mt. Rainier National Park
|Bald Eagle, San Juan Islands
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
|These are just a few of
my favorites. As long
as I have a camera,
there will always be
more to come.
Point No Point Lighthouse
Even the grey skies are beautiful here.
Another view in Quinault Rainforest.
Lake Quinault (above) and the Quinault Rainforest (left).
Mt Rainier from Paradise
Narada Falls with Rainbow
I restored this old wooden sculpture (a paid project) and
fed the jays from his hands before the owner picked him
up. (Jays love peanuts)
They also like perching in my apple trees.
Portraits - Murals - Landscapes