I am a self taught artist who began oil painting in 2000. I find pure joy in the act of painting: in the movement of paint on a canvas, the mistakes that can change a piece for the better, the constant problem solving, the unknown end and even the smell of the paint. I am inspired by poetry, music, people, moods and dreams. I paint people I know, the things they say and people I wish I knew. I live vicariously through my canvas. Painting has taken me on an amazing journey of self discovery and to places I can go only in my imagination. I am humbled that others enjoy my work and are willing to join me on this journey.
I have exhibited my work in several Colorado galleries and other public venues. My paintings can be found in private collections around the world. In 2001, although still an emerging artist, I was selected to illustrate a children’s book for the Butterfly Pavilion. It is titled, Morpha, A Rainforest Story, written by Michael Tennyson and published by Colorado Mountain Club Press. I illustrated my second children’s book, Jesus From A to Z, written by Kevin Graham and published by Windom Publishing Co. in 2009. This book has won nine national awards. I have illustrated two local artist's CD covers - Lexi Lyon's "The Words I Finally Got Right" and Anna Smith's "Birds of a Feather."
I have no formal art training. My education includes Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary education and special education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. I recently retired, after 30 years of service, from Aurora Public Schools. I currently reside in Aurora, CO with my husband.
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