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As romantic it sounds, I can honestly say I've been a dedicated artist since I was about 7 years old. I was creating bodies of work with construction paper and crayons and hanging them in the hallways of my parents home.

Formally, I began my collegiate studies in Kansas, receiving an Associates of Art at Butler County Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University. I also studied drawing and sculpture at the International School of Painting, in Umbria Italy. I earned my Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2002 and have since exhibited at venues nationwide from Santa Fe to Connecticut and up and down the West Coast. I'm represented in Colorado, Kansas, Montana and New Mexico galleries. Beyond my studio work, I also operate an internet gallery, teach art classes, illustrate books, design public art projects and collaborate with wildlife organizations, like the Ho…

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  • Born on May 25
  • Joined November 25, 2010

About

As romantic it sounds, I can honestly say I've been a dedicated artist since I was about 7 years old. I was creating bodies of work with construction paper and crayons and hanging them in the hallways of my parents home.

Formally, I began my collegiate studies in Kansas, receiving an Associates of Art at Butler County Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University. I also studied drawing and sculpture at the International School of Painting, in Umbria Italy. I earned my Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2002 and have since exhibited at venues nationwide from Santa Fe to Connecticut and up and down the West Coast. I'm represented in Colorado, Kansas, Montana and New Mexico galleries. Beyond my studio work, I also operate an internet gallery, teach art classes, illustrate books, design public art projects and collaborate with wildlife organizations, like the Honey Bee Conservancy in New York City.

Over the past decade I have worked in a variety of genres, including painting, sculpture, and performance art. “Although I focus on one subject, like bees for example, I’m always experimenting, using different materials to create with, It keeps me engaged and challenged. My recent paintings are constructed in a truly unique way, layering pencils, paints, inks, and pastels on non-traditional materials.


As an artist, I consider my role to be ‘steward to nature, a person who observes and interprets the world around them and acts to protect it. I’m motivated by the interconnectedness of living things and the sacredness of the natural world. I aim to discover how art can celebrate the beauty and grandeur of wildlife while also reflecting on issues concerning them . I strive to create images that inspire reverence for nature, evoking in people a sense of empathy and awe for their environment. . It is vital that my work as an artist and my everyday lifestyle contribute to building a sustained ecology and giving this planet the appreciation it so desperately needs.

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