Growing up in Ohio, my first art instruction was from my father, a commercial artist. I received my formal education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Later, while raising my four sons, I studied art at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and at the Art Institute of Colorado.
I have been a professional artist since 1982, when I was an illustrator and graphic designer (WAY before computers, so I drew everything by hand with pen and ink). I was introduced to watercolor about 25 years ago, and I haven't looked back.
My natural attraction to pattern and texture is evident in my paintings of people and places, fruit and flowers -- along with creative new approaches to the watercolor medium. And, I continue to paint portrait commissions.
My paintings can be seen at Sorrel Sky Gallery, in Durango, and at Columbine Gallery, in Loveland, Colorado.
Making art is a soulful, personal process for all artists, and sharing my art and teaching watercolor to others, makes it all so much more rewarding. So I'm very excited to share what I know through my blog, the Painted Prism. It has been such a joy for me -- to connect with people from around the world. And now, with my Mentoring Course, I can work one-on-one with students, via the Internet. I'm currently working with 16 mentoring students, from around the United States, Canada, and even England.
When I'm not painting, teaching, or blogging -- I enjoy hiking and camping with my soon-to-be retired husband and our Black Lab/Newfoundland mix dog, in our new little camper. Occasionally, we will travel further afield, on an airplane -- to Italy, this year!
I also greatly enjoy yoga, reading, music, photography -- and, of course, visiting my kids, grandkids, and family/friends, as much as I can.
My sons are grown now -- two have children of their own. So, of course we have even more artists in the family, now!
Here's my e-mail address, if you'd like to contact me: