interest in painting stems from
my love for the beautiful
which we live.
As a painter of many subjects,
I find myself often excited about
what I will be painting
may try to decide if it
would be best stated in oil or
watercolor, which are the two mediums I mostly use.
I enjoy painting local scenes that I am familiar with,
especially fond of the Swan Valley area
where my husband was
raised. The Valley with
its picturesque mountains,
streams and subject
matter gives my plenty of inspiration.
I like to challenge myself by painting out of my
zone, so when I travel, I'm looking at
new scenery and and
paintable subjects that will remind
me of where I've been and
the good memories I have
of those special places.
Sometimes I do a watercolor
journal of my travels. where
ever I go I do what all
artists do, I analyze value, color and
that would work in a piece of art.
air, landscapes, still lifes, portraits, studio
whatever, are equally enjoyed.
I now have a art
studio in my backyard where
I can display my work and teach
Collecting original art from other artists and
has added much enjoyment in my homes.
My art is
represented in galleries in Idaho,
Utah and Wyoming, as well as
in private homes
throughout the word.
I am a signature
member of the Idaho Watercolor
Society, a member of the Idaho
Falls Art Guild,
Plein Air Painters, Museum Painters and
Art Association. I have participated in many
local and regional shows, and was in the Top 100
America in 2006 (miniature) and 2007.
I was influenced in my youth by Utah artist, LeConte
May family was a great supporter of his
talent and his
paintings hung in many of our homes.
I was later privileged to
take classes from him at
the University of Utah.
done independent study with many
throughout my life, and I
have learned from all of them.
I strive to make
my paintings loose and painterly and not
I enjoy the accomplishments of others as well
as my own. I look and learn, and visit galleries
shows whenever I am able. I love my
as we have a lot in common.
Most fun to be called an artist!
consider myself an Idaho artist but have been strongly
influenced by the surrounding areas of Utah and Wyoming.
formal art training began at the University of
Utah and has
since been enriched by many
professional artits from the
United States and abroad.
I strive to embrace new ideas
that will improve my
Various workshops from accomplished artists
have helped me
grow in knowledge and ability.
Although it is difficult to list
all the artists that
have definitely been influential.
Sergei Bongart and Ovanne Berberian, have been
significant in my journey as an artist. Don Ricks,
Robert Moore, Conrad Schwiering, LeConte Stewart,
Quiller, Charles Ried and Kathryn Browning
are a few of the
many who have also contributed to
my knowledge and ability.
I have consistently participated in art workshops
wide variety of renowned artists whenever
Painting consistently and entering
numerous art shows has
helped me grow. I
continue to show my art in many
juried shows. My paintings are found in
collections throughout the world and are in
galleries in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.
Utah was my home for
the first 10 years of
my life, and I still have strong family
Since then I have lived in Eastern Idaho where
I attended school and where my husband and
I raised our family
in the small town of Shelley,
Idaho. My family has
always been supportive of
the time I spend on my art.
Experiences of traveling to other countries for
photos have stretched me in
finding new subjects to paint.
Becoming an artist is a lifetime learning
Allthough one can never learn it
all, the joruney has been both
and educational. In addition to my own art,
I have gained a lot of enjoyment through
artists and collecting art
to view in my own home. I am
the circumstances that have allowed me to
pursue and art career.