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.
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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