I was born in a small town in East Texas, but moved to Dallas in the seventh grade. After marrying and having two children my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our family in a smaller community. He had spent a lot of time growing up on his uncle's ranch outside of Hico, Texas, which was our inspiration for buying an old farm near Terrell, where we built our dream home and still live. Today we raise stockers and have horses. So there are a lot of Western themes interwoven in my art.
I have always been interested in art. When my children were small, I was a stay at home Mom. After my children were grown, I started painting seriously. Wanting to learn as much as possible, I took workshops with Perrin Sparks, Greg Biolchini, Kay Polk. and Carrie Ballantyne. My favorite media are oil and pastel. I seem to prefer western themes, as is evident in my portraits of people and animals. My brother is a cowboy reinactor and chuckwagon cook. I occasionally help him cook and also lend a hand with other friends who have a chuckwagon. Once upon a time I did Cowboy Action Shooting, which is why I can honestly say, "I live the life I paint" and hopefully my art succeeds in helping you visualize a small segment of my experience.
I am a traditional artist painting in the traditional style. I love color and often use it very liberally. I enjoy the play of light and dark with dramatic settings. I hope you enjoy my choice of subjects and how I interpret them and come back to see more.