I was raised in Hood River, Oregon. It is here I started oil painting lessons when I was in third grade. I continued these in college where I studied arts eduction and religion. Don't ask me how they relate to each other! Ultimately I have been an artist my whole life.
I have run art galleries for 32 years. Now my focus is to be on the other side of the counter as an exhibiting artist.
I love mixed media. I often use Joss papers in my work. I like giving them a life of their own versus what they were intended for.
I use encaustics in my work. Encaustic is bees wax with damar resin. The extra layers of wax add depth and luminosity to the pieces.
When I work, I don't start with a design in mind. My materials dictate what it will end up being. I enjoy the mystery of it all.