After graduating in 1980 from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and emphasis in photography, I worked as a writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington DC before going to work for Senator John Danforth. InfIuenced by my mother who was a nurse, I went back to school receiving an AD in nursing and becoming an RN from Missouri Southern State University. Getting married and living in New Orleans while my husband was in residency, I started taking art classes at night working as an RN in the day. After his medical training, we moved back to our beloved Missouri, now with two children and one on the way. After my third child was born, I continued taking art classes at Drury University, and have been painting ever since.
I have always been deeply influenced by the 19th Century American Sublime landscape painters and European Romantic landscape painters. The German painter Caspar David Friedrich is one my favorite painters.
In 2001 I opened an art gallery in downtown Springfield. Good Girl Art Gallery represented over 100 artists and championed contemporary and emerging artists. After a successful run,( and a few visits from the mayor for provocative shows!) I wanted to devote more time to my own art, and closed in 2014.
My art education includes participation in several intensive painting workshops over the years at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Co. studying with Ed Paschke, Julie Heffernan, Katherine Alexander, Emily Cheng and Carole Caroompas.
I enjoy being home now and painting full time along with working with my husband in the vegetable garden, my flower garden, and taking care of our animal family now that our children are grown and out in the world.