My vision was formed at a young age to paint in a traditional style. I believe this is the result of
having been exposed to the beautiful paintings of Mary Fairchild MacMonnies and T.C. Steele,
American artists who worked at the same time as the Impressionists. Later, through art history classes, I
came to appreciate works by many other 19th century artists. In addition to having great technical skill,
their works seem to express a pleasure in working and a love of nature.
I received my early art education from John Herron Art Institute and a Bachelor of
Science degree from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, I accepted a position in Hawaii as
a graphic artist where I lived and worked for twenty two years. Inspired by the landscapes there, I
gradually transitioned back to my first love of painting.
Currently, my husband and I live in Arizona and I feel fortunate to be living where the
climate is good for sketching outdoors most of the year. These studies are invaluable for the
larger landscapes that I complete in my studio.
I was honored in 2004 to have been the artist in residence at Joshua
Tree National Park during the month of November as part of their Park
Stewardship Through the Arts program.
My work is included in private and corporate collections and the following is a selected list: Joshua Tree National Park, California; Bank of
Hawaii (8 works); Izutani Quest of Honolulu; Sheraton Hotel, Kona Coast, Hawaii; Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale,
Arizona; Hilton Hotel, Sedona, Arizona.