"There is something incredibly fulfilling about breathing new life into objects that were once cherished but have lost their place and have been discarded or forgotten."
Despite art taking a back seat while raising my five children, I knew in first grade that I was destined to become an artist. I grew up in Gillette, Wyoming which is where I live and create to this day.
As a self-taught artist, I consider my artwork to be a voice to reflect my experiences and surroundings. Family, traditions, and that sense of belonging are depicted throughout my work as I use bold brushstrokes in oils to create still-life paintings that inspire a universal feeling of nostalgia.
Examples of My Work
Food - Potato chips are irresistible... Peanut butter is disgusting
Pets - I had a horny toad that I built a cardboard house for as a kid... and cried for days when he passed.
Eyes - I have a small triangle part of my iris that juts into the pupil in one eye... have never needed corrective lenses (knock on wood... eeek!)
Yoga - I was never a morning person until I started a morning yoga practice.
Cozy - I have an electric fireplace in my studio that is on year round..
More About Me
What other non-artist jobs have you had?
When I was around 10-11 years old I got a job at the local trap shooting club as a puller (and that is what I did every summer for eight years). Over the years I was also the neighborhood babysitter, worked in a bakery, worked in a ticket office, was a gallery assistant, a party coordinator, and a program director at the community arts center.
Which artist (famous or not) has influenced you the most and how?
I remember my parents getting free calendars from their insurance agents with Norman Rockwell drawings and paintings... I would flip through those pages over and over again just taking it all in.
What is your biggest fear?
Heights On a trip to Las Vegas with my mother, I reluctantly went up the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel with her. I must have been quite a sight... As I clung to the inner railing there was a tourist laughing at me and taking photos of me instead of the view... HA!