“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

This Thomas Merton quote is a favorite and describes MY art making.

Beginning with an idea, I’m never sure where it will take me. The journey can be both frustrating AND exhilarating. I find water media to be exciting in the way it lends itself to both ‘technical skill’ and ‘happy accidents.’ My paintings reflect this. The human figure is a captivating subject. It is often found in my work.

I’ve always been passionate about the arts. I was lucky. I had a solid arts education in the Denver public schools. Connecting with other people is something I love. It felt natural to seek a degree in art education. Before receiving my Master’s degree and starting my teaching career, I spent time in Mexico, Europe and Asia. My travel experiences impact my art.

Though I have taught students of all ages, I consider myself a “Lifelong Learner.” My work is influenced by my traditional art training AND the inspiration gained from continued involvement in classes, art groups and workshops. I am a passionate believer in the importance of art education for children. I helped found La Mesa Arts Academy, an afterschool enrichment program benefiting students in an underserved community. I was board member and president of Art in the School, a nonprofit arts education program for children.

Animal welfare is another passion. I was honored by Animal Protection of NM in receiving their Bravos Education Award.  My watercolor cards are sold at various venues in the community. The proceeds benefit Albuquerque’s shelter animals.

    In Colorado with my loves

In my studio, which is bliss.

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