I work primarily in pastel and I consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to my art. My path to artistic success has been long and winding. I went to college as a dedicated art major. However, when I saw what the other students could do, I gave it up, thinking I was not talented enough. After many years and several careers, I found myself back at the easel with a newfound confidence. My work as a field biologist and my dedication to environmental conservation influenced my decision to learn to paint outdoors, on location. I feel a responsibility as an artist to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. I choose subjects from nature that move me in a visceral way in hopes that my painting will do the same for the viewer who cannot be in that particular place at that particular moment in time. Nature's grandeur provides me with beautiful colors and light. I experience pure joy while painting with pastels in particular, because those colors and light are so impeccably achieved by layering and juxtaposing different pastels on various surfaces. Since 2007 I have pursued and excelled at painting "en plein air”, and have been blessed with many awards and my renewed connection with Mother Nature.
My work hangs in the homes of collectors and in corporate settings throughout the world. I am a member of Pastel Society of America, International Association of Pastel Societies, Gateway Pastel Artists, and Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.
I “give back” by teaching workshops and classes throughout the United States and private lessons in my studio. I love teaching!
I live in Rolla, Missouri where the beautiful Missouri Ozarks inspire my work.
My work was featured in the September 2020 issue of Plein Air Magazine.