I moved to Estes Park, Colorado, in late 2015 and enjoy painting with oils in my spare time. I am primarily a self-taught artist and like experimenting with different styles, although I prefer strong, bold colors and at times use a palette knife for additional texture in my paintings. As I work for a state representative, my free time is non-existent during legislative sessions and after my second session in 2007 I realized it was time to start painting on a regular basis - otherwise the crazy stress of working in politics is going to do me in!
I have won several painting awards and, while living in Austin, was an active member of Plein Air Austin. I look forward to doing plein air painting in Colorado, as there is never a shortage of beautiful things to paint.
I have five wonderful children, and eight beautiful grandchildren. They are all very supportive of my art, as is my fabulous husband, Ken, the light of my life. I believe everyone is artistic in some way and I would always encourage anyone I meet to follow your heart when it comes to artistic expression. You will never be sorry!