I was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado where I was lucky enough to participate in various outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking. This upbringing instilled a deep appreciation for landscapes at an early age. I enjoyed making art as soon as I was old enough to smear finger paints on the furniture (sorry about that, Mom.)
So when the time came to go to college, art was the obvious choice for a major, to my parent’s dismay. I was on the take-your-time to graduate program and after attending the Univ. of Northern Colorado and Colorado State Univ., I decided that it was time to explore the world beyond Colorado. I packed up the art supplies and headed to Italy to study art more intensely in the Tuscan countryside. After completing the study abroad program, I moved to Sarasota, Florida to attend the Ringling College of Art & Design where I FINALLY graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.
After the Florida years, I was yearning for landscapes that were not completely flat. So I moved to Jackson, WY where the landscape provides much more inspiration for my landscapes/townscapes. The winters in Wyoming are cold and long so I started making frequent trips to Kauai in order to paint outside without freezing. Kauai has become my second home and I am represented by the Amy-Lauren Gallery in Hanapepe and also Sunshine Arts on Oahu.