Being raised in Alaska’s remote wilderness gave me a tremendous passion for nature's wilds. From my earliest years of living on the banks of a river in Willow, I have accumulated a lifetime of incredible experiences exploring the great North.
After moving to Oklahoma during my teen years, my artistic interests blossomed as I observed my beloved grandmother, Odessa, paint vibrant murals upon the walls of her home. As a tribute to my namesake and to her profound inspiration, I sign my paintings in honor of her with my first name, Odessa, and middle initial, D.
Having always been a dedicated shutterbug, initially I used my photographs as a guiding tool to capture scenes of beauty, which I'd then transform into creative imagery using oils on canvas. In the late 80's, I began to further hone my skills by devoting time to join in the circles of professional artists and art teachers, mastering classic styles and innovative techniques to accentuate my natural instincts as an artist.
For years I have preferred painting in oils, however, recently I began exploring pastels and find great pleasure in creating artwork in the unique flow of the medium.
As a member of the local "Plein Air" group I have participated in outdoor painting workshops around Alaska, including Seward and Homer over the past 6 years.
“The greatest minds are like film, they take the negatives and develop themselves in darkness...” ~ Brandi L. Bates Remains To Be Seen