I am a self-taught oil painter. I am also an introvert and a perfectionist. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties that the urge to create became greater than my fear of failure. The day I picked up a paintbrush and applied paint to canvas was the day I discovered my voice. I paint colorful, soulful, strong, and playful portraits, primarily of women, celebrating their complex and essential place in our world and relationships. I am working on an ongoing series that challenges female gender stereotypes called “That’s Not Ladylike.” Many of my collectors tell me that they see themselves in my art. My work is meant to be empowering but tender and occasionally mischievous.