Art and the making of art are woven into the fabric of my life. From the time I was in grade school, I was enrolled in art classes. As a teenager I had a studio with a sofa instead of a bedroom! I have had several art-related careers including: commercial artist in Dallas, museum educator at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, registrar for Intercultura, and consultant for the Crow Collection in Dallas. Whenever I returned to the easel, I found my painting style was informed and transformed by the masterpieces that filled my working life. At last I have arrived at a time in my life when I can fully focus on the challenging and never-ending journey of painting.
I earned a B.F.A. in Design at the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Humanities at the University of Dallas with a focus on art history and literature. I have been fortunate to study and take workshops from many talented and generous teachers in both Texas and New Mexico.
An avid gardener, I often turn to the natural world for inspiration. I began collecting and painting nests when a storm blew down a cardinal's nest in our Texas garden. I consider the tiny nests to be ephemeral works of art and try to capture their architecture and materials ranging from twigs and grass to feathers and newspaper. I often insert them into still life paintings where they form a meaningful contrast to man-made forms.
My husband and I moved to Santa Fe in 2015. The amazing light, colors, forms and skies of New Mexico stimulate my senses and enrich my art. I can never look at a sunset or a nest or a flower without wondering, “How would I paint that?” As Monet said, “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
Crab Apple Arabesque
oil on canvas . 16x20
Clutch of Blue
oil on canvas . 8x10
The Artist's Shelf
oil on canvas . 15x30 . $750
Nest and Pine
oil on canvas . 9x12