I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas near the museum district. As a child I was fortunate enough to be exposed to all the arts - visual arts, theater, literary arts and music of all genres. It was at a very early age that I knew I would be an artist and I was blessed with a mother who shared my vision and encouraged me to paint, draw and write poetry. While still in junior high I began to show and sell my paintings, prints and drawings at local art fairs. In high school I won a scholarship to study oil painting at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. After graduating from high school I attended the University of Texas before moving to the artist mecca of Taos, New Mexico.
During my first years in Taos I designed and made jewelry, studied tapestry weaving, created fiber sculpture, wrote poetry and continued to hone my drawing skills. It was also during those years that I also began to teach art. By the late seventies I decide to return to painting. My teachers were not only the famous local landscape painters, Alyce Frank and Barbara Zaring that I painted with every week, or Fritz Scholder that I studied with, but also the early Taos Art Society Founders whose works I learned from. I read Robert Henri’s “The Art Spirit” and stood painting the same scenes that Joseph Sharp and Herbert Dunton had painted. I studied the French Impressionists and the Fauves, the Cubists and then finally the Abstract Expressionists. By the late eighties I was ready to return to school.
In 1990 I moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico. By that time I had already been showing my work nationally and had exhibited with several of my professors. My main goal in getting a BFA was to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of Art History. During that time I took a break from the heightened color and landscapes I had become known for and explored the thousands of shades of black and white in non-objective works. I graduated with honors in 1993. In the late 1990's I applied for the Masters of Art Education program and graduated, again with honors, in 2003.
After earning my MA in Art Education I taught for Albuquerque Public Schools for sixteen years as well as teaching in the Art Ed Department at UNM. I retired from the public schools in December of 2018. While I now teach for the New Mexico Art League my main focus is working in my studio. Over my career as an art instructor I have taught art to people between the ages of three and eighty-three in many profit and non-profit venues in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I am a two-time Golden Apple Distinguished Teacher winner and in 2016 I was named an Albuquerque Art Treasure. This year I was very honored to have my work chosen by New Mexico magazine for publication in their annual calendar. .I have painted the South West for over forty years. My landscapes and abstracts have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are in numerous public, private and corporate collections.