I love painting the natural world. I enjoy the challenges of capturing the texture of fur, creating the color and sheen of feathers and finding the expressive soul in the eyes of an animal, this is what keeps me intrigued. I have a degree in Advertising Design but my passion is in painting. I am self taught in watercolor, oils, and acrylics. I have always loved animals. Maybe it was the countless hours I would spend studying all the yellow iconic National Geographic's, Outdoor Life or Field and Stream magazines. Or the excitement of watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom or Nature on PBS and I didn’t want to miss any of it! When I was in grade school struggling with all of the boring school stuff I loved drawing and wildlife is what I would naturally focus on and it still excites me today! I love the honesty and rawness of nature and how it exist whether humans interact with it or not. I can’t image a world without the wonder of animals! Besides my two beautiful daughters they are the best part of creation and I love watching them in their natural habitat.
Todd and I live on Mitote Lake below the Spanish Peaks in Colorado.
I connect with nature daily and see Elk, Deer, Ducks, Geese, Birds, Bobcats, Bears, Turkey and all the fish we can catch year round in our backyard. There is endless amounts of wildlife to study and photograph. It is a magical place to paint, cook, hunt, fish and call home. We are looking for some Beavers to relocate to our lake, if anyone knows of some that need a home let us know. I love Colorado and all the adventure and inspiration it has to offer.
I met Todd Huffman looking for a way to get closer to the birds.
I needed reference to enter the Federal and State Duck Stamp competitions. He inspires me with his vast creativity and talent. I am now surrounded by more species of birds than I could have ever have imagined. I assist him at Birdman Studios with the amazing bird mounts painting feet, working on habitat bases and finishing work before the birds are shipped to their final home. This work has given me the opportunity to study the birds I love to paint.
My work is in many Private Collections.
Cover of the PRCA Rodeo Guide Colorado State Fair 2017
Beulah Fine Art CO Show 2 Place 2015
140 Red Wine label 80/20 Wines Pueblo CO 2010
Representing the West Sangre de Cristo Art Center Pueblo, CO 2016
Creative Capitol Exhibition Denver, CO 2016
Aquarius National Watermedia Exhibition Pueblo, CO