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I grew up in the Seattle area, and then moved to Spokane, WA to attend Gonzaga University. After graduating from Gonzaga with a degree in Fine Arts, I began teaching art at the high school level. During my first five years of teaching, I attended Whitworth University in Spokane, and graduated with a degree in Educational Administration. At the conclusion of my schooling, I quit working to raise my children to school-age and was kept away from my artwork due to the time constraints of being a mother of four young children. Four years ago I made the conscientious decision to be an artist, built a studio and began working on my portfolio. During this time frame, I divorced and gained full custody of my children. Last year I moved from Spokane, WA to Vancouver, WA to be close to Portland, Oregon. I've always admired Portland for the artistic scene, as well as the proximity to the Pacific ocean, and the Cascade mountains.
My life philosophy has always been to see the world in its positivity. My artwork has brilliant colors, soulful meaning, and addresses my inner anxieties and frustrations with life. I consider myself both a printmaker and a painter. The availability of colors in paintings entices me, and I absolutely love the wood grain in woodblock printmaking. I began a series of prints regarding my mother's Alzheimer's, but at times it's too difficult to address. She was about 48 when she began showing signs of her illness, and was diagnosed at the age of 55. Sadly, my mom passed away at the beginning of this summer. Prior to her diagnosis I lived life like I thought I should. After seeing her deteriorate, I now live life like I want to, embracing life's pleasures as well as heartaches.