The style I work in is closest to impressionistic landscape painting. In my work I strive to capture energy through color and brush stroke movement. I build up layers of color often using broken strokes to show that many colors below. Most often the top layers are thicker emphasizing richness and depth. I work fast and loose in either oil or acrylic, working mostly in plain air with some studio work. I try not to capture the likeness of a place but to capture the energy or emotion of the place. I work on birch panels and some canvas. My sizes range from 12 x 12 to 48 x 60 inches.
I am a rancher's daughter, raised on a large ranch south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love the ruggedness of the arid land and the struggle of the vegetation to survive. This is where I find my inspiration. The colors, shapes, textures of the landscape inspires me as well as the smells, the wind and the heat. They all work together in the images I create.
I have been an Advanced Placement art teacher for most of my life, helping youth to find their personal artistic voice and the understand of the importance of art and to appreciate the different artistic styles and influences. My personal favorites include the impressionist and expressionist movements. I love the richness of color and the depth of texture and movement and the emotional qualities of the works.
I have been an artist all my life. I have been in many galleries and shows throughout my teaching career and am very excited to be able to focus 100 percent of my energy on my work. Three years ago I took early retirement to focus on my career. Currently I am in four galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Manitou Springs, Colorado. I have sold artwork domestically and internationally.
The University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts, 1988