BIO OF ARTIST
Due to the help of an intuitive school art teacher, Mrs. Connelly, when I was 13, I discovered I could draw.
After this unearthing, the driving force behind my artistic talent was my mother.....She joined my classes when shyness held me back, she prodded when I hit a dry spell, and she pushed when I sat back....there was absolutely no escaping her encouragement!
I won my first art contest in Junior High at the age of 15, and won a decent art scholarship when I was a senior in High School.
I sold my first painting at the age of 16, and since my early twenties, I have painted many portrait commissions and freelance Western and Southwestern paintings, which have received recognition and acclaim. I studied with a handful of notable and gifted artists who helped me form the way that I 'see' things. To name a few western artists, Howard Terpning, Robert Pummill, Gary Carter, Roy Anderson, where I was fortunate to be juried into their classes for instructional workshops.
I also took classes and night classes with Portrait artists, Bob Gerbracht, Virgil Elliot and Robert C. Rishell.
These great artists, enriched my life with guidance and inspiration.
I was awarded my signature award, SWA, 'Society of Western Artists' in 1987, being one of the youngest members to receive this honor with many juried paintings.
Early on in my career, I saw that light and shadow were a very necessary part of my work....
When I was forty, I married a horseman from Arizona, and moved to that fantastic state, with endless western landscape views in every direction, and that glorious sunlight that pervades the scenery. Everyday I see the beauty of the Chiricahua Apache landscape spread out before me. It stirs the winds of the peoples of bygone years, and brings to my canvases the culture of the west. The sun spilling over the high desert sparse grasses and rock...cling to my senses. The dust, the colored dirt and the fabulous nuances of light make even a boring subject vibrate with feeling!
I have been featured in newspapers, magazines and shows. I have to my credit ribbons, honors, best of shows, the Grumbacher art award, and hung in museums. I hung in Overland Trails Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona during the 80's.
I received a monetary award for my painting, 'Silence in Motion', from the Phippen Western Art Museum, and Best of Show trophy award runner-up for my painting, at the SloPoke Western art show in Pismo Beach, CA, 'Hell bent for Leather' recently. I commit to showing in western shows every year, and have been excited to have my work selling.
In 2019, I had my status upgraded to 'Associate with Distinction' for the A.W.A. (American Women Artists) Society.
I was selected by Jury in August of 2019 to belong to WAOW, (Women Artists of the West), and was selected again by a blind jury to hang a painting in their 50 Anniversary show in Tucson, Arizona, at the Settler's West Gallery. This show takes place in March-April of 2020.
My husband and I run and operate a riding school in south-eastern Arizona, and I am with horses and this ranch way of life every day.
I paint from my studio in Pearce, Arizona, and enjoy teaching when time permits. I continue to strive to give the world a glimpse of this beauty that we call the 'southwest'.
I currently hang in the Seaside Art Gallery in Pismo Beach, California.