The Colorado landscape has inspired me my entire life. Growing up in the foothills, I’ve spent many hours observing, drawing, photographing, and painting various facets of our state’s beauty. I continually attempt to recreate, emphasize, or reinvent the unique lighting and textures in the subject matter I view. My love and admiration of the outdoors runs deep, and I am consistently inspired and awed by our state’s natural beauty. I grew up next to the Big Thompson river, and am still drawn to both the river’s calming allure and raging energy. There is a healing, centering, and grounding quality that spending time outdoors gives me and I strive to relay that in my work, as well as the importance of conserving these natural gifts we are so fortunate to still possess.
Although I dabble in many art forms and materials, painting has remained my true love since I picked up a paint brush in my first high school painting class. Over the years I have been inspired by so many different types of artists, not just nature or landscape painters. In my own artistic journey, however, I find myself returning to this subject matter again and again.
I went to school from Kindergarten to High School in Loveland, CO and graduated from Colorado State with a B.F.A. in Painting, as well as a Bachelors in Art Education. Over the past 15 years I have taught art to children ranging in age from Kindergarten to high school in three different Colorado districts and currently teach art to Kindergarten through eighth grade in the Thompson School District. I live in Fort Collins with my wonderful family, in which love both spending time outdoors and making art together.