My love of painting came early in life. One of my fondest memories was coming home with my older brother and identical twin sister from grammar school, seeing Grandma Marty’s car and knowing that we were going to go paint old red barns. She would have her oil paints and our pastels ready to go and we would all get into her car and drive around the countryside. Grandma Marty didn’t want us to get into her oils so she gave us her pastels instead. This is where my love of pastels started. I inherited my grandmother and mother’s art capabilities and this began my journey as a self-taught artist. I sold my first painting in high school and began doing commission pieces from there.
Twelve years ago I stopped accepting commission work to have the freedom to paint a variety of things that bring me joy. Everything I see in day to day life is a possible painting whether it is an animal or a vegetable. I get excited thinking about my next project, how I will create it and how I will use contrasts and colors to make it look real.
Along this journey, one of my proudest moments has been achieving Signature Status with the Pastel Society of America entitling me to sign PSA on all of my originals, prints and correspondence. International Artist Magazine has included me in the “Master Painter Showcase” of their magazine and that was an honor for me as well. I have been fortunate to pursue and receive honors as Artist of the Year by Quail Unlimited, The Dove Sportsman’s Society and The Safari Club as well as win the contest to artistically represent world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. I have been featured in the Pastel Journal, selected for numerous national magazine covers, named as a featured artist of Ducks Unlimited and have received juried art awards as well.