b. 1981, 5th generation Colorado girl, current Colorado state Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America.
I have learned a great deal from workshops and mentorships including those held by Keith Bond, Casey Childs, Joseph Lorusso, and Dan Wison.
The Life of a Painting
"My need to paint and my need to write come from the same place; My love for connection, for people, for having the right tool to say the right thing. I paint when I can't find the words, and write when I can't see the shapes"
For those who see the worst and give their best.
"White in Night"
A little bit of drama...
America's Covid currency and dubious demi-god.
"I knew you were funny, I just didn't know you were Funny
I'm a classic over thinker with a panache' for story telling and a tendency to get into trouble. Not exaggerating....
I survived a massive sandstorm on the Gobi dessert, narrowly avoided machine gun wielding bandits in the El Salvadorian jungle, died in childbirth, and was in a plane crash in Morocco. (Admittedly the plane was still on the ground when it crashed so MAYBE that one was an exaggeration...)
"Thanks for the Stripper Name,
Mom and Dad." (audio)
I finally realized that if I'm looking for balance I will spend my whole life frustrated. Life is a teeter totter.
Truth: Teeter totters are more fun than yoga."
Want to know more about my life as a working artist with 5 young sons?
Listen my interview with podcaster/artist Katrina Berg
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“ She captures ordinary scenes and moments—a beautiful woman or a simple ocean wave—and makes them extraordinary with her artists eye. Her paintings to me portray a place somewhere between dreams and reality. It’s hard to take your eyes off of the masterful details that make you look, and look again more deeply. I felt a connection with her artwork from the first moment I saw it and became an instant fan. Now I’m a proud owner of two of her paintings!