A bit about the artist
Spending my entire childhood in orphanages served as the nexus for a lifelong artistic practice. It's how I managed to exercise some semblance of control over my life, if only for a little while. My first twenty-two years of living were a bit challenging. I was abandoned, abused, homeless... But struggle is strengthening and, for expressive spirits, it can also be creatively enlightening. I look back on ALL of it with gratitude.
As an adult, I worked in the film industry as a stunt woman, a producer's assistant, a stunt department coordinator, art department/production design coordinator/liaison, post production... on and on. I was also formally trained in voice and worked as a demo artist while performing in and around NYC for many years. Eventually, I got married, became a mom, went to college in my late forties and earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in human development, psychology and transformative arts.
My Master’s thesis, “The Border Doe Project” included a sculptural works component which was featured in the Smithsonian Institute's Museums on Main Street exhibition, and in a collaborative border stories exhibition called El Otro Lado, by invitation from the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs. My waterfowl paintings have been included in the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp program’s national traveling exhibit of top ten entries. My animal art has been recognized and acquired by the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo. I've illustrated a book on the Leni Lenape, an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands, and was commissioned to illustrate natural science children’s books by acclaimed naturalist/photographer/author/ lecturer Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III.
And now I'm widowed and my only child has struck out on his own so I'm on my own once again. I've dug out my paints and brushes, reinvigorating my art practice in my home studio here in southeast Arizona. I’m a proud member of the Portrait Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. My primary art-making focuses on humans and animals. I do consider commissions on a limited basis each year so I welcome your inquiries, comments, and questions.
Thanks for taking a look!