As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a brush in my hand and been drawn to the possibilities of art. As a young artist my work was primarily portraiture, and I began doing commission when I lived on the East coast in the 1980’s. I love portraiture to this day- there is a simple truth to the old adage, “the eyes have it.”
I have moved around a lot in my adult life; Europe, the East and the South coasts, all over California where I grew up, and the hill country of Texas. It was in the hill country around 2006 that I began doing gallery work, and naturally enough, an artist always needs to find styles and subject matter that will sell in a given area. I found that Native American Indians, horses and longhorn did very well there, and I became known for these subjects in many galleries in Texas. However, I prefer not to be simply defined as a “contemporary Western artist” – many of theses works reach beyond such categorization by featuring bold brushstrokes, colorful patterns and a certain depth of luminosity.
More recently I have returned to the impressionist landscapes which I studied in the early 2000’s with a teacher from the school of Hawthorne. This style – done with a palette knife – really allows me to express my love as a colorist.
I recently moved to Butte while my husband Lee is overseeing a build for a Wounded Warriors facility in the Wise River area. I love the town and its rich history, and have a studio called The BLue Door Gallery next door to the Metals Bank building above Walkers.