Born and raised in Iowa, I came to Colorado to attend college. My formal art training includes B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, post graduate work in drawing and painting from numerous universities, including Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, and the Tyler School of Art of Temple University. Tyler’s art history course was held overseas and our classes were held in eight diverse countries. Our group was the first art history tour to ever visit the USSR. The entire course was a unique and very special experience designed to take us to places that would have been very difficult to visit on our own and to view first hand art works usually only seen in books. I still enjoy traveling and exploring new areas.
I taught secondary art in the Cherry Creek School district in metro Denver for 32 years. My love of teaching was fueled by my passion for art and I continued to be active in the art community while teaching.
The paintings I create often reflect the beauty of nature and my love of the outdoors. I work directly from nature or use my sketchbook drawings and personal photographs to complete works in my studio.
I am a Signature Member of the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Colorado Watercolor Society and my artwork has been included in International, National, and Regional juried art shows and exhibitions and in private, public and corporate collections.