Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by nature's beauty from an early age. I create works of art in oils as well as illustrations in digital and mixed media applications. My love of creating art began at a very early age and as a child, making art at the kitchen table was a favorite pastime.
My art education has come from a compilation of art classes and workshops over the years starting when I was in high school. I dabbled in the arts after graduation doing murals, menu art, and commissions but it was after becoming a stay at home mom that I got serious about pursing this path. One book that had a huge impact on me was "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. This was the book that helped to unlock the artistic potential that was placed inside me. I completed a two year distance art education program through Art Instruction Schools that helped propel my confidence and art skill forward. I have also received training at in-person as well as online workshops from wonderful artists such as Jed Dorsey, Jennifer Bowman, and Dreama Tolle-Perry.
My illustration style is detailed yet whimsical. In the past I have used watercolors, colored pencils, markers (or a mix of all three) and now create most of my illustrations digitally although I still enjoy those traditional methods! I choose to paint my fine art pieces in water-miscible oils using brilliant color and a fresh perspective of the given subject matter in a loose realism style. I fully believe that a joyful heart is good medicine and I make it my goal to capture joy with my paint and brushes and share that joy with others. My biggest inspirations come from the garden and all the wonders it contains, the comforts of family and everyday life at home along with the beauty of God's creation.
Living and working on the little island where we grew up, my husband and best friend Eric and I have been married nearly 25 years and have raised our two children here. We have a construction company building homes for our clients who also love this place we call home. Camano Island has a dynamic art community and we are grateful to be rooted here!