I am from Arizona where I attended Arizona State University and earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting. I moved to Colorado in 2005, attended Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs and belong to the Business of Arts Center (BAC) in Manitou Springs, where I now have my own studio. I exhibit in galleries, art shows and fairs, local and around the State, and am a participating member of the Pike’s Peak Pastel Society.
I am delighted to live at the edge of the beautiful high Colorado mountains and enjoy the profusion of wild life so close and accessible. For someone who spent most of her life in hot, dry Arizona, this is an amazing place to live, especially for an artist. The cool mountain weather! Pike’s Peak! Snow! High wild landscapes! I respond creatively to it all. The new direction my life is taking here is fantastic. I am loving it!
I prefer working with soft pastels. I also enjoy Prismacolor pencil, watercolor and charcoal. I love animals. My favorite subjects are animals.—all kinds, wild and domestic. I look for endearing qualities in the humblest creatures as well as ferocious and fearful ones. Years ago I began drawing llamas because they are so funny, yet graceful, gentle and beautiful. Their curious, appealing faces, with big expressive eyes, long eyelashes; those floppy lips which warn you when they are planning either to spit at you or give you a smooch! They are very gentle with kids. My family likes to call me “Llama Mama”! Anyway, if my art can touch people so they will love animals more and treat them with greater kindness, that makes me very happy.
I also paint children portraits and pet portraits from photos on commission.