A move to Montana in 2005 inspired me to translate my life-long interest in craft and design to a passion for painting.
My background is in photography and theatrical costume making. I have always taken and printed photographs and that developed my eye for picking compositions out of the complex world around us. My years spent in the world of costuming gave me drawing skills and an understanding of color.
I have had the opportunity to travel and visit museums all around the world and have a deep appreciation and knowledge of art history. I have many influences; 19th century Russian artists, Gerome’s Orientalist work, Lee Teter and Howard Terpning, and many contemporary artists whose work I see in Jackson Hole and Bozeman art galleries. I appreciate fine portraits from throughout the centuries.
Now a fine art pastelist, I paint our beautiful landscapes "en plein air", searching out intimate scenes with interesting features, capturing the vibrant colors and light that are present here. I also paint when I travel, enjoying the diverse beauty, and the chance to look and appreciate a scene for an extended period of time. I love painting out of doors as it is a challenge to nail the fleeting light, the depth of space, and the subtle colors. And the West is filled with beauty! Living only a few hours from Yellowstone National Park has provided me with a locus for my landscapes.
Working in the studio has allowed me to do larger works and work on different subject matter. I have done regular portrait work with models and this has influenced my studio portraits. Recently I have been exploring the Native American world through their powwow celebrations. I love the brilliant outfits and the dances and enjoy learning the construction and details as I study them to recreate them in pastel. With the advent of Covid, I have focused on portraits of family members and friends.
"Your pastels are light in the best sense of the word. They speak of your enjoyment of people and, even more importantly, of being aware of them as individuals. The colors speak of the same lightness. And that is how I remember you as a student. You were aware and full of zest for life. " by Michael Simon, Photography professor, Beloit College
Cawdry Gallery, Whitefish, Montana
"The Conservator" received the Portrait Award in the Internal Society of Realism, Fall competition, October 2021
"Dakare" received the Fourth place in the Pastel 100 portrait section for the Pastel Journal in October 2021
"Crow Fair Rider" was selected to receive the Founder’s Award (2D) for Excellence in Classical Equine Art from the American Academy of Equine Art, March 2020
"Spring Love", honorable mention in China Pastel Society exhibition 2020
Signature Member of Pastel Society of America 2019
Great Western Show, Great Falls, Montana, August 2021
Montana Professional Art Association Fall show, Missoula, 2021
"The Conservator" selected for International's Guild of Realism Fall online exhibition, September, 2021
"Dazzle of Zebras" selected for Pastel Society of America member Showcase of Wildlife Art, March, 2021
"Dakare", selected for International Guild of Realism Spring Online exhibition, 2021
"The Note" selected for the International Guild of Realism art show at Principle Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, September, 2020
"Dreaming of the Past", selected for International Guild of Realism Art Spring online exhibition, 2020
"Independence" selected for Pastel Society of Hawaii annual show, Nov.2019
"Boiling River, Yellowstone" selected for 100th Anniversary of Pastels in China, exhibition Oct. 2019
Artist-in-Residence at Yellowstone Art and Photography Center, Yellowstone National Park, Sept 2019
"Yellowstone Jewels" July 2019 Solo show at Sola Cafe, Bozeman
Chinese Second International Pastel Biennale 2018
"Powwow Celebration" May 2018 Solo show at Sola Cafe, Bozeman
Heart of the West August 2017/2016, Bozeman
"Painting India" May 2017 Solo show at Sola Cafe, Bozeman
"Living in Zaoiuat Ahansal" May 2015 Solo show at Sola Cafe, Bozeman
Pastel Society of Hawaii 2015-2017
The International Association of Pastel Artists 2015.
2020 China Pastel Network article
2019 Fall/Winter WHJ Bozeman Big Sky https://www.westernhomejournal.com/bozeman-big-sky/shop-talk-20/
2014 Choosing Colors to Use in Antartica Outdoor Painter
Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.
— Winston Churchill.