I was born in 1950 in Ponca City, Oklahoma and grew up in Wichita, Kansas - not a particularly auspicious environment for nurturing artistic tendencies. But, from my earliest days I loved to draw and make things. I was always "best" in my art classes and had high creative standards even then.
But, it took me until the age of 33 to actually pursue art in a deliberate way. At that time, after earning a degree in French and Spanish and having lived and traveled abroad during most of my twenties, I decided to take the leap and pursue my deepest desire.
Since I was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the time, I moved to Albuquerque and began working at art full time. After receiving a BA from the University of New Mexico, I moved to Baltimore, MD to do Graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. There, under the commanding presence of Grace Hartigan, I learned how to work Independently and became committed to the career of being an artist. soon after graduating with an MFA in 1989, I joined the Gomez Gallery where I showed successfully for over twelve years. In 2003, I decided it was time to move back to my beloved New Mexico, and that year was dedicated towards achieving that goal.
Since then, I have been happily living and working in Albuquerque.
Although I am primarily a painter, lately I have been interested in working with printmaking, clay and other smaller-scale media. All of these things tend to influence and play into each other, creating an overlap of ideas and materials that I find invigorating.
I have long felt that animals represent the best part of us. In this latest series of prints, my continuing interest in themes of transformation and healing reflects this view.
Each of the figures is involved in her own phase of metamorphosis, a kind metaphorical expansion towards growth, understanding and acceptance. By assimilating various animal characteristics, the figures become more than human - representing a greater wholeness and a more balanced relationship with nature.