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As an impressionistic artist, I work to capture the fleeting moment. I am inspired by the stories of ordinary life and the people that share them. I use paint to not only interpret what I see but how I feel, allowing memory and life perspective to enhance my interpretation. Others connect to my work, not only through the beauty of the painting, but through the story as well…because life is colored by human experience. My paintings allow me to express what my words cannot.
I have two great passions in life, my family and creating art. My husband and I have raised 6 marvelous children and are enjoying the wonderful world of grand parenting! I studied at Brigham Young University before my children came along, finishing my RN at Kent State School of Nursing, later in life. I worked in a busy Cleveland Clinic Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am now painting full time. we are traveling to beautiful places that meet our needs of fly fishing and painting!
My Father introduced me to painting when I was a child. I still remember walking through our small town and seeing his painting in a shop window. We used to paint together on Saturdays in his study. My mother constantly encouraged my creativity through sewing, quilting and needlework. Though I did not have the confidence in my youth, to pursue art seriously at the University level, my heart continually turns to the arts and I have studied with some remarkable artists.
I was introduced to pastels in 2007, by Nicora Gangi, a Master Still Life Pastelist, through private study in Syracuse NY. She encouraged me on a journey of copying the masters. Lawrence Churski introduced me to oils when we moved to Ohio and has opened the world of plein air painting to me. He has become a trusted mentor and friend. I study with Scott Christensen in his small group workshops in the summer…where my eyes are continually opened!
I have studied portraiture and figurative painting with Daniel Greene, Carolyn Anderson and Judith Carducci.
I have attended still life workshops with Qiang Huang, and study regularly with Patricia Rorhbacher.
I am continually inspired by the work of the great masters, Cassatt, Cezanne, Degas, Fechin, Sorolla, and Sargent.