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 developing landscapes/townscapes. I work in faux finishes, sign making, and mural painting in order to support my painting habits. Last winter, I was lucky enough to spend the majority of the winter in Montecito, CA and sold some paintings gypsy-style on the Santa Barbara pier. This paid for gas money since we were in a very large truck hauling a trailer. So to all of you cynics out there who tell aspiring artist that their art won’t sell until after they’re dead; I beg to differ! We also did some amazing camping, bike riding & painting in the deserts of Arizona and Utah before returning to Jackson, WY for a summer of sign making, my day job.
I will soon embark on a new journey, sponsored by the boyfriend. This adventure involves grass skirts and fruity drinks with little umbrellas; yes, we are going to Kauai for the winter. I will now be painting island life. If you feel inclined to help a starving artist, please consider viewing my online gallery or stopping by Grand Teton Gallery in Jackson, WY…….or you can just send me money.