I grew up in two beautiful communities in California- Big Bear Lake and Rancho Bernardo. After receiving my BA degree in Psychology and moving to Oregon, I began my personal journey as an artist. My floral drawings were featured on greeting cards, and soon after I found myself embarking on a pursuit to research and illustrate every American state flower. My research culminated in the America’s Favorite Flowers Collection. My California Poppy print became part of the decor at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel in Buena Park, CA. A few years later I published “State Flowers of America - A Commemorative Coloring Book”, an educational coloring book featuring my entire America’s Favorite Flowers Collection. My work was almost exclusively drawing and painting flowers until the day I discovered a new love…
Have you ever had an experience that changed the trajectory of your life?
It was a sunny day. My art instructor and I decided our focus for that day was going to be a lesson on painting faces. She showed me her process. We talked about proportions and color mixing. It felt like a mystery was unfolding before me. After a few hours I had completed painting a portrait of my husband. And it looked like him! =) I began painting more faces. I began taking commissions. Then I gave a dear friend a surprise gift- a drawing of her two dogs. Shortly after I began taking commissions of animal portraits.
I love faces. I love capturing a likeness whether it’s on paper or canvas or panels. Each one of us is beautifully unique. We each have a story, and I believe our faces tell our stories. I also marvel at the incredible details… the angle of the eye, the length of the nose or the slant of the lips. We are the handiwork of a wonderfully creative God.
For my paintings I work in oil. The colors are rich making the end product realistic. For my drawings I use both graphite and charcoal and sometimes a mix of both. Graphite helps me capture the light delicate details. Charcoal brings fantastic contrast and rich dark bold blacks.
Portraiture has become my passion. My latest collection of oil paintings - Bearie Blvd. Bears™ is a fun, imaginary, and whimsical expression of this passion.
Thank you for your interest. My hope is that my work touches your heart.
2015 La Galeria Gitana • WATER: precious and alluring Art Exhibit • San Fernando, CA
2014 La Galeria Gitana • Splendors from the Garden Art Exhibit • San Fernando, CA
2014 OutWest Western Boutique • Where the Dickens R U? Art Exhibit • Newhall, CA
2014 Santa Clarita City Hall, First floor Gallery Shadows Art Exhibit • Santa Clarita, CA
2013 OutWest Western Boutique • You Reap What You Sow Art Exhibit • Newhall, CA
2013 Santa Clarita Artists’ Association Art Classic • Hart Hall, Hart Park • Santa Clarita, CA
2013 Just between Us Boutique Solo Exhibition• Valencia, CA
2012 Professional Tax & Financial Services Art Exhibition• Santa Clarita, CA
2012 Santa Clarita Artists' Association Gallery, Westfield Valencia Town Center • Valencia, CA
2012 OutWest Western Boutique Solo Exhibition• 24265 Main Street • Newhall, CA
2012 Canyon Theatre Guild Gallery Solo Exhibition• Newhall, CA
2012 Santa Clarita Artists’ Association Gallery, Westfield Valencia Town Center • Valencia, CA
2011 Wild West Rose Show and Exhibition, Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society • Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park • Santa Clarita, CA
2011 Santa Clarita Artists’ Association Art Classic • Hart Hall, William S. Hart Park • Santa Clarita, CA
2011 Remember. Honor. Reflect. 9.11.11 Art Exhibition • College of the Canyons • Santa Clarita, CA
2014 Santa Clarita Artists' Association Spring Art Festival • Le Chene, in the Gardens • Santa Clarita, CA
2013 Car Slam Live Car Painting Event • Newhall, CA
2013 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio • Book Signing • Newhall, CA
2013 Vine 2 Wine Classic, Cal Arts • Valencia, CA
2012 Grand Opening Old Town Newhall Library - OutWest Booth Coloring Activity • Newhall, CA
2012 Green Thumb Garden Center Coloring Book Signings, Spring and Fall and Holidays • Santa Clarita, CA
2012 Summer Art Festival, Tournament Players Club • Valencia, CA
2012 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch • Children’s Activity • Newhall, CA
2012 Union Bank Art Show • Newhall, CA
2011 Reflections Art Program Visual Arts judge • Plum Canyon Elementary • Saugus, CA
2011 Summer Art Festival, Tournament Players Club • Valencia, CA
2011 Green Thumb Garden Center Coloring Book Signings, Spring and Fall and Holidays • Santa Clarita, CA
2011 10th annual Vine 2 Wine Classic, Mann Biomedical Park • Santa Clarita, CA
2011 Pancake Breakfast & Festival, Coloring Booth Event • NorthPark Community Church • Santa Clarita, CA
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