I was born an unruly creative spirit in a family of women artists. From an exuberant young age, I used watercolor pencils, paints, and ink to draw the world around me, and I never stopped. I studied oil painting with artists in my youth and spent a summer taking art classes with my grandmother at Instituto de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. I majored in Fine Arts at the University of Texas, and began working as a commercial artist in my twenties.
In my late twenties, I turned to my other natural bent, writing, and became a paralegal, writing court briefs and other legal documents for thirty years. My muse has always been torn between the passions for creating art and for writing. I continued pursuing artistic avenues, always seeking to learn something new in different media -- in oils, acrylics, decoupage, ceramics, silver jewelry, photography, and in soft pastels.
Although I had loved film photography and working magic in a darkroom, I switched to digital photography in recent years. I enjoy capturing beautiful scenes with my little Nikon. It is handy for snapping photographs of something I want to paint later.
Today I am focused entirely on my artistic side. I use soft pastels to create landscapes, portraits, abstracts, and scenes of animals. I never know what sort of painting I will do next. I open my self to the universe and just let the muse flow through me. I experiment with different techniques and am having a wonderful time, as I work out new ways to create depth, texture, bold colors, movement, and mood. I recently took up acrylic painting again and experiment with techniques in that medium.
As a bonus to my artistic life, I have discovered that I also like teaching drawing and painting with pastels. Sometimes you can find me teaching people in the Guild Gallery. It gives me pleasure to show people who claim not to be artists, that they are, in fact, artists and to give them the tools to make sketches and paintings on their own.
Currently, my work is displayed throughout my Takilma home and at the Southern Oregon Guild Gallery.