I have been an artist my whole life as well as having a career in the defense industry for 30 years. I graduated from Ohio University with majors in fine art and psychology and received a Master’s in Gerontology at the University of Arizona. Through all of it, I pursued my art, primarily in pen & ink and pencil and now scratchboard. For many years I worked for Coldwell BankerRealtyin Lake Arrowhead, CA rendering homes in pen &ink.I also rendered homes in Palm Springsandspentseveralyearsillustrating a pet column for the LA Times Home Section.

I felt drawn to scratchboard in 2013 because it is a beautiful art form, especially when applied to animals. My love of animals has always been an important part of who I am, so they are the focus of my art today.I am in my fifth season as a volunteer wildlife rescuer–Iprimarilyrescueraptors. I also do some pet sitting in my home.

When I’m teaching chessboard, I tell my students that when I’m revealing the coat of an animal or the shape of its head on my board, it’s almost like I’m touching the animal itself, moving my hand over its body.I want the respect and love I feel for the very evident in my art and my desire is that my art increases the same for everyone who views it.

I joined the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) in 2014 and currently hold Signature status. I’ve had sales and awards at the renowned Mountain OysterContemporary Art Show and Sale in Tucson, AZ, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and through ISSA. My work is currently being shown and sold in the Absolutely Art Gallery in Catalina, AZ

Mountain Oyster Contemporary Art Show and Sale

2017:People’s Choice Award (McCalla Award)

2018:People’s Choice Award(McCalla Award)

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