I've been an artist for as long as I can remember, always creating, but was reluctant to pursue art professionally because it seemed so impractical. Instead I began my adult and professional life as an engineer, with degrees in Environmental Design/Landscape Architecture as well as Graphic Design; these were fields in which I could at least put my artistic talents to viable use.
But all the while I was drawing, painting, and taking art classes as often as I could, nurturing my creative side outside the limits of my profession. Once I had children, motherhood gave me a bit more time to practice my art and during these years I began to teach art as well.
I am forever inspired by the Sonoran Desert - the blooms, the birds, the cacti - and I try to capture it in oils, watercolors, nature journaling, and pencil sketches.
When not enveloped in my own work, I love the thrill that comes from teaching. I appreciate the chance to accompany emerging artists as they find their way, combining my instruction with their own vision.
In recent years, I've also developed a fascination with art journaling, or visual diary-ing, especially when traveling. My blog has quite a few examples of my most recent art journal pieces.
Academic Scholarships, Scottsdale Artists' School
First Place, Best and Brightest Watercolor, Scottsdale Artists' School
Acceptance into the Portrait Artists of Arizona juried show