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My first show was summer 2007 at Cedars jazz club. My work was well received and I sold nine pieces. My Second show in 2007 was at the Pikes Peak Community Collage Downtown gallery, I shared with two sculptors (Don & Maxine Green), I sold two pieces, I also took part in Monument__™s 2007 Art Hop. In Spring 2008 I had eighteen pieces at The Phantom Canyon Brewery. One piece that hung at Suga__™s caf__/bar and one piece in The Warehouse Restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. Summer 2008 I had twenty pieces hanging at The Plantera Group (located on the corner of Weber & Dale) for two months. Winter 2008 I had ten pieces hanging at the Pikes Peak Center which I helped organize and install, it hung until the 5th of January 2009. I am a member of the Colorado Springs ArtBar and in January 2009 I became a member of the Colorado Springs Art Guild. In March 2009 I entered the CSAG Exhibit at the Fireside Gallery and was picked to show one piece. I have also had work hanging at Stones, Bones and Wood Gallery in Green Mountain Falls and sold five pieces. I have had eight pieces at Nirvana in Old Colorado City. In December 2009 I was asked to be a guest juror at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs for their ___Gender Issues___ show. Currently I have work hanging at the Mountain Living Studio in Manitou Springs, at Synergy located in Old Colorado City and at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In July 2008 I started working on a 30 piece project. Each piece (2ft x 3ft) was created from inspiration I found in album art. Music is a huge part of my creative process so I wanted to do a series of paintings inspired by album art from the music I actually listen to. Project was completed in June 2009. It is currently hanging at the BAC in Manitou Springs from January 22nd to April 2010. Currently my artistic flow seems to be toward trees and other nature like objects, having a silhouette feel to them with a color back ground for warmth and depth. I am excited to see where this new path takes me. 1 comment


I was born in Wilmington Delaware but moved to a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia when I was six. Living on a farm ___up a holler___ was the best background to stimulate a young artistic mind. My parents {especially my mom} encouraged me from the very beginning; she said she knew greatness at a young age but that does come from my self-proclaimed biggest fan. I pursued every art lesson I could get in a small town and entered several grade school art shows winning first, second and third place ribbons, a couple honorable mentions and one best in show. I graduated from Fries High school in 1986. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University for a year after high school with hope of becoming an art teacher. It didn__™t take long to realize I didn__™t want to teach, but all of the studio classes I attended played a huge role in my artistic growth with perspective, color, composition and drawing the human form.

I moved to Colorado in November of 1997 and in spring of 1999 started doing art full time. I spent the first few years doing watercolor renderings of houses for real estate agents. The renderings were used for advertising and marketing then given as closing gifts. I started doing abstract painting in the winter of 2000 and had my first show in June 2007. In March of 2010 I moved to Mont Vernon New Hampshire where I now am taking my abstract in a different direction, using the human form in multiple layers.

I never thought I would do abstract painting until a fellow artist friend encouraged me to give it a try. My art will never be the same! I feel like I have found a side of me that I didn__™t know existed, it__™s been there all along, my hands are the instruments through which my art flows, I call it a special gift because if I couldn__™t do art I would probably die! It__™s a feeling that is hard to explain but I feel can be conveyed in my work. It__™s personal by default and the thing I like best about the abstracts is that it can be whatever the viewer wants it to be, I like to think its more about the feeling than seeing the placement of a familiar object.

I love to work with many different media: Pen & Ink, Charcoal, Graphite Pencil, Color Pencil, Pastels, Acrylic paint and Watercolor (which I have taught myself to use, having had no formal training.)

All abstract paintings are mixed media, consisting of acrylic paint, permanent color dyes, water, spray paint and paper towel. Many also include dried tea leaves, flowers, texturized vegetable protein, flour, sand, salt and other natural materials such as pine needles, bark, small twigs and leaves, and human hair. Most of the paintings are done on and with recycled materials.

Creating art is my life; it__™s a passion from within.

A Passion From Within

When I'm in my studio, when I get inspired,

when I stand in front of a blank board, I put

some music on and the next thing I know I

have been in my studio for hours. It's crazy

actually, simply because I have no idea

where it comes from. It just comes from within.


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