The inspiration for my work is the miracle of animals and their life. My parents were both fine craftspeople, and the owners of several galleries in Florida, where I was exposed to art and fine crafts at a young age. I began my career in art as a glass artist specializing in fused glass which incorporated animal imagery. In the 30 years devoted to glass, my work was featured in numerous galleries, museums, and publications. I was a guest instructor at prestigious glass institutions including Corning Museum of Glass, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Bullseye Glass Company, Urban Glass, Eugene Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Red Deer College, and numerous private studios.
In addition to being a glass artist, I also raised, trained and showed herding dogs. I was a wildlife rehabber at Tufts Large Animal Hospital while living in MA, as well as a Veterinarian Technician.
Upon retiring to Oregon in 2002, I returned to my love of drawing and painting. A self taught artist specializing in animal imagery, my chosen mediums are acrylics, which I use on fine art gourds, and soft pastels and colored pencil for portraits. My life has been devoted to animals and their causes, in addition to art. I live on a small rural property outside of Juncton City, OR and happily share my life with my two horses (Hope and Valentina) and three dogs (Feather, Raven, and Sparrow).
I use a combination of Pan Pastels and Colored Pencils. The Pan Pastels for backgrounds and blocking in areas. The Colored Pencils for all the details. Pastelmat is my choice of substrate for most of my works.
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