I grew-up in a small rural town in upstate New York, bright, happy and energetic. Like any other child, in that time, of that place, I played in the woods, road a bike, visited the local pizza place. I headed off to college with aspirations of becoming an archeologist, capitalizing on my love of the outdoors. After practically falling asleep in class I decided to try an art class and the rest is history or HERstory! I graduated a few years later with a BA in Painting from the State University of New York at Cortland.
I visited my sister in Arizona having never been west of Buffalo, N.Y. and fell in love with the landscape, the opportunities and the sunsets. I began my career in the art world, with a top 5 ad agency in the Valley. There I honed my skills in communication, marketing, design and sales. In 2003, I stepped off from partner status into the abyss of fine artist, and never looked back. Over the last 10 years I’ve sold over 700 originals, and thousands of prints.
In an effort to reduce my impact on the earth I expanded my painting surfaces to reclaimed materials like old tin roof, appliance sides and cupboard doors. My approach is a fresh, stylized, inspirational and electric blend of acrylic paints that transform animals, people and nature into a fantasy world for the young at heart. My unique use of color and patterns sprinkled with faux painting techniques is my signature style. This combined with my husband’s background in construction allows us to have limitless combinations of frames, and surfaces. ” I believe vibrant colors vibrate at a higher frequency energetically and make us feel good. I thoroughly enjoy bringing fun, laughter and joy to the lives of people that view my paintings.”
My home studio reflects an upbeat “Carpe Dieum” style. The walls are painted a bright tomato soup red and a large bay window facing north embraces my easel. James Taylor and The Beatles provide rhythm that starts the engine of the next inspirational masterpiece. On most days you’ll find one or both of my sisters helping out. Yep, it’s a family affair. I also return to my roots in nature, part of the year, with my husband and our transformed 1963 Aristocrat trailer I refer to as the “Studio on the Fly”. March through September you will find me painting from Montana to Texas, in national forests, backyards, rolling green pastures or next to a quietly whispering creek during the week and on weekends attending art festivals. October through March I’m back in the desert in more local art festivals in Arizona and New Mexico. I love commissions, the most popular being pet portraits. I feel giving someone a portrait of their 4 legged baby is the greatest service I can give.