Drawing and painting have been a part of my life since childhood. I loved to spend hours endlessly sketching horses and trees. I continued my artistic journey in college, majoring in art education. After college I explored teaching art in Australia. Upon my return to the U.S. I furthered my experiences working as a graphic artist in an all-purpose print shop near the University of Oregon. Then our lives took on a big change and we moved to the Seattle area where I spent the next 30 years teaching junior high art and language arts. Time passed, I retired, and we moved to the Pikes Peak region to be nearer family and grandchildren. Finally, I could carve out more time for painting. Both my husband and I became interested in pastels and we have been happily dabbling ever since. I love experimenting with underpainting, mark-making techniques, and especially with color. Most of my paintings are landscapes although I have also completed a few figures. I look forward to continuing learning and painting for a long time with pastels.
My subjects are varied: cityscapes, animals, landscapes and still life. I enjoy finding new challenges.