I am a lifelong artist, and as of March 2017 a resident of Asheville, North Carolina.
Creativity is both my passion and gift. I bring not only formal art training but also a background of theater and graphic design to my contemporary post-impressionist paintings.
Patrons have referred to my art as “happy" and "peaceful.” I paint both representationally and abstract and a common thread that defines my work is vibrant color. I usually paint in oils on acrylic underpainting, but I'm also drawn to cold wax paint and sometimes encaustic.
I love all animals, especially dogs; a corgi and a mini-poodle are my constant companions. Pet portraits have become my very favorite genre to paint! I love bringing out their personality.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my creative spark came as a young girl living in a small Kansas town. The small town atmosphere -- where people cared about and helped each other -- contributed to my optimistic personality. We moved east for a few years and I completed high school in Morristown, New Jersey.
I lived in the West most of my adult life, and spent the past 23 years in Salt Lake City, Utah. After my father was in a critical car accident in January 2017 and almost lost his life, I once again was reminded of how short life really is (my mother passed in 2000). I was compelled to take a huge leap of faith and move to Asheville, a little art town in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is becoming a huge draw for the arts and culture. I absolutely love it here!
Mother of a grown son and daughter, I have 8 grandchildren and grandchild #9 is due in October!
In addition to art, I enjoy Broadway musicals, movies, all music, travel, decorating and design. Mostly I love to create!!!