I am a native New Mexican, born in a very small place by the name of Mesquite, NM. I have over 45 years experience in my representational style using oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors. My teachers have included Carl Cogar, Tom Lynch, Frederick Wong, Ken Hosmer, Albert Handell and Anita West, Anita Wolff, Dan Chen, Jerry Dame and Margot Schulzke.
I have had numerous one person shows and have won cash and recognition awards, locally and regionally. My paintings hang in private collections across the country from Florida to Michigan, California to Massachusetts, Texas to Oregon as well as Switzerland, Indonesia, France and England.
Even though my high school art teacher encouraged me to continue my studies in art, I did not start my art education seriously until my fourth child was just a baby. I received my first lessons from an art teacher who wanted some custom sewing done in exchange for private lessons. From there I went on to study with Carl Cogar who was the director/teacher of the El Portal Institute of Fine Art in Las Cruces, NM. After several years with Carl he hired me to teach a satellite class of adults as well as a class of teens, while I continued my advanced studies.
After working in oil for 10 years, I converted to watercolor and painted exclusively in that media for 27 years. Pastels beckoned me in 1997 and recently I have revisited oil and added acrylics to my palette.
While living and painting in Taos, NM for 10 years I owned a gallery and a custom picture framing shop. In 2002 I moved to the northwest to be near my youngest daughter.