Born and raised in small town Kansas, I knew I wanted to be an artist as a young child. I can remember watching my mom draw and thinking how realistic her art looked. I wanted to draw something just as realistic. I still love the challenge of realistic drawings, while also enjoying the freedom of the creative process. Whether I am layering watercolors with colored pencil, painting with acrylic, or crafting a birdhouse I find the process both fun and challenging.
Leaving Kansas in 1987, I moved to Oregon where I currently reside with my family. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest has inspired my art and photography. I often enjoy incorporating a photograph as reference in my work. I also find inspiration in wildlife, people, and my faith in God.