Nature is always the inspiration for my work.
Growing up in Los Angeles, I was fortunate to experience the diverse landscapes of Southern California on family camping trips, girl scout outings, and church youth group retreats, all within a few hours’ drive from our home. My attraction to nature is more than enjoying pretty scenery. Being in these outdoor environments always stirred something inside me, instilling an appreciation for the earth’s timelessness and beauty. These experiences in nature that have been with me since childhood, reveal to me the majesty of the earth God created. I feel his hand everywhere and the peace and tranquility I’ve experienced has become part of my spiritual journey.
Nature keeps me grounded and provides perspective on where we fit in the grand scheme of things. It is not only inspiring but is alive and continually regenerating. Being part of that regeneration and being in harmony with the environment God created, allows me to feel him at the center of my life, bringing the calming and restorative powers he provides. Painting and drawing are a natural extension of my emotions that allow me to visually express my relationship with God and with nature in a meaningful way that I hope resonates with others.
I am moved to paint images that reflect my experiences with nature that convey my spiritual journey, encourage quiet reflection, and lift the spirit.
I knew at 15 when I took a high school life drawing class that being an artist was part of who I was. Something clicked for me in that classroom experience when I learned that drawing was not just about technique and mechanics, but a means of expression. Being a shy teenager, finding expression through my unique drawing style helped build my self-confidence, and gave me the freedom to be myself in the supportive community of the art department.
My drawing experience cultivated a sensitivity in my work, as well as a sense of composition and design, which ultimately led me to design school and a career in Interior Design. My priorities changed after getting married and having children, and I left my design career to be a stay-at-home mom to my two daughters. It was when they went to college, that I reignited my passion for art by pursuing a fine art career. I earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Brookhaven School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, and have continued to stay active in the local art community through classes, workshops, and exhibits. I have been honored to receive recognitions and awards and have my work displayed in juried art exhibits throughout Dallas and surrounding regions since 2020, and have been a featured artist on Artsy Shark and Artrepreneur.
I work in various mediums, oil, watercolor, and sometimes relief printmaking, to create compositions, textures, and effects of light. Each medium offers an array of tools and unique methods to make use of in my work. My intent is not necessarily to duplicate an object or landscape, but instead to expose its essence and complexity.