I am a Wife and Mom and live in the beautiful state of Colorado surrounded by the grand rocky mountains and the magical bursting city of Denver. I am very fortunate to have my studio at home where I am only steps from managing the wonderful chaos that is my life, chasing our dogs, holding down the fort and stepping in to raise our kids who are mostly able to care for themselves now.
I was raised in Los Angeles with a bohemian leaning free spirited Mother who allowed me a lot of creative freedom. She was anything but conventional. My Father, the consumate business man provided the structure, but thankfully he was also able at times to be the most playful human. They were a good balance of people to look up to. It was very early that they described me as an artist and it stuck.
I have my AA degree from Santa Monica City College where I took ever artsy type of class. I studied Environmental Design at UCLA, but when I met my best friend, (my hubby) we left California and it was on one of our adventures that I earned my BFA degree from the University of Utah where I studied painting and drawing. We have since lived in 5 different states in the US and spent 3 years living abroad before we decided to come to Colorado.
My work is a cummulation of all the experiences and observations from the places I have lived. The San Fernando Valley was my view from my home until I was 11 years old. We lived on top of the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains where I most remember the evening twinkling lights of the valley below. I have been obsessed with having a view since. The Pacific Ocean and the beach and all its salty sandy glory where I spent the next 20 years as a surfed out young woman. I have a sense of peace when I am near the ocean water and my eyes settle on the balanced horizon line. The Wasatch mountain range in Utah was magical, it was there that I fell in love with the mountains. The beautiful green English Countryside of Derbyshire, where I felt like I went back in time, buying fresh eggs and cheese from Farm shops, walking the fields filled with sheep and cows in the lovely mud separated by the hedges and hand laid granite walls. I could feel the Victorian history. And now living in the rockies where the sun shines nearly 300 days a year against the blinding white snow or the grasses and the aspens in the dry thin air. I love embracing how rugged you can feel here, skiing or hiking. The altitude makes you feel strong. All of this and all the sensations have made me into the painter that I now am.
I am a landscape painter.
The work has evolved into abstract landscapes. Here on my site you will find some of my work is more flat. Not really landscape like. But those pieces are the result of mark making exercises. I dont really feel completely satisfed with a painting until I read a horizon line within it.