I was raised in a military family and traveled extensively (too extensively - as an adult I moved to Texas in 1987 and haven't moved since). While in high school, my family was stationed in Italy. There I had a great art teacher and got to see some amazing art. Both factors influenced my decision to become an artist. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. Like so many of my BFA holding peers before me, I promptly went to work in several different fields that paid the bills but had little to do with art. Back to school I went to learn web design. It's fun and creative and I've gotten to work with some fantastic people.

In 1999 a good friend of mine introduced me to soft pastels. I loved them. The color is vibrant and rich and practically melts off the stick. When I discovered using pastels on top of paper with a sandy tooth I was beside myself with how naturally they suited what I wanted to create. They also require little prep and clean up time which is a huge bonus since I am a stay-at-home mom.

In 2008 I started doing small 6" x 8" oil paintings and enjoy being able to complete a painting in one sitting. I belong to the Daily Painters, a group of over 120 artists who strive to create a painting every day.

I am currently a member of the River Art Group, Degas Pastel Society, and the Daily Painters. My work can also be seen at the Starving Artist Gallery in La Villita and Dragonfire Glass Studio and Gallery.

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