I grew up in Kentucky, received a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Kentucky, then married and moved to Houston Texas where I lived with my husband, Darrell, and three children until 1996. At that time Darrell and I moved to Aspen.

With a lifelong love of drawing, and self-taught oil painting experience, I decided to study art at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, a part of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, concentrating on watercolor. I continued my studies by attending many workshops in Texas and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. I have been in many shows, both one-person and group shows in the Houston area, and was represented by Evelyn Siegel Gallery in Fort Worth from 1995 to 2004.*

Since moving to Aspen, I have had several shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Aspen Chapel, each of which provide exhibition space for artists of the Roaring Fork Valley, the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). I have contributed paintings for the Annual Anderson Ranch Auction, The Red Brick Annual Auction, ACES fundraiser, and the Arthritis Foundation fundraiser.
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Many of my paintings incorporate portions of Persian carpets in the background. I like combining these soft backgrounds with the sharper images of flowers and crystals. Trips to China and Japan have created a love of the beautiful, simple art of the Oriental painters which I incorporate into many of my paintings. My series of paintings of area birds seen from my studio windows was influenced by the formats and techniques of Oriental painting in which Sumi-e (black ink painting) and watercolor are applied to tea-stained paper. Orchids have also been one of my favorite topics, set in a format and look of the east. I also enjoy painting wildlife seen from my studio windows, area landscapes, scenes from my travels, and the land and people of the American southwest. I prefer to look for the beauty in all that I paint, and to create a serene space, giving the viewer a break from our hectic world.

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