Before the age of five, I somehow knew I was an artist for life. I constantly drew and colored and consumed paper at a furious pace. Dismayed with the high cost of drawing paper, my parents purchased a roll of white butcher paper. I set about drawing from left to right while it unrolled across the kitchen floor.
Over the years I have taught myself everything I know through practicing art-making on my own; reading technical books; work-shopping with a variety of well-known instructors; receiving critiques from art groups; and using my creativity, intellect and common sense to achieve a variety of different milestones.
Since moving to Moab 11 years ago, in 2007, my art experiences have been successful and varied. At this time I began working seriously with soft pastels, recording the vibrant and exciting landscapes around the red rock countryside of Moab, Utah. For the next number of years I had the pleasure of instruction from nationally known and award winning artists, namely Marla Baggetta, Pat Dews, and Doug Dawson, and many others. Because of the skillful and motivating teaching of these individuals, my learning has blossomed. I have been fortunate to exhibit and win awards in national and regional art exhibits.
In 2008 I received an Honorable Mention at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the establishment of Natural Bridges National Monument for a plein air piece I painted of one of the natural bridges.
I decided to concentrate on abstracts rather than landscapes. Even though I had a wealth of artistic material, it wasn’t satisfying enough. I tried my hand at plein air painting and usually was discouraged by the results. I began to think that a good landscape photo was never meant to be copied by an artist in any medium. The photo was an end unto itself.
I also have been involved in donating my time, artwork, and services to a number of activities in town. I donate artwork to the silent auction of Seekhaven’s yearly fundraiser. Seekhaven is the domestic violence safe shelter in Moab.
Currently I am a member of four art organizations. I am an associate member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). I participate in their member competitions and I am currently on an online exhibition on their website which is thenawa.org. I also am a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). I joined the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) in 2017 and recently joined the Collage Artists of America (CAA).
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