I grew up in Reno, NV, with an appreciation for the Sierra mountain range and high desert. Hiking in these landscapes bring to mind the rich colors and high contrast of early mornings or sunsets, my favorite times to hike . My desire to capture wilderness locations in an expressionistic manner, is to bring fresh, unique interpretations to various remote areas of the west.
My most recent adventure was the 2021 Artist-in-Residence at Great Basin National Park. It was exhilarating to explore the varied landscape, meet the locals in Baker NV, do a workshop with the Baker Elementary School and a community presentation. I completed three oil paintings: The Road to Wheeler, The View Across Snake Valley, and Due North. They can be viewed on my website gallery.
To counter balance my love for wilderness areas, I also create collages, utilizing vintage children’s book illustrations and text. My themes express various contemporary social issues. I am working in collaboration with a fellow artist to display our mixed media pieces in an exhibit the summer of 2022 at the May Museum Gallery in Reno, NV.
I have taught various art disciplines and mediums through the Nevada Museum of Art, Very Special Arts-NV, Wilbur D. May Museum, public and private school outreaches and programs, home school groups and in private settings. I was an academic/art teacher in grades 4th through 6th grade in private education for several years. I most recently taught art classes to elementary schools in the Tahoe region with Arts for the Schools, located in Truckee California.
I have exhibited work at the Carson City Courthouse curated by Capital City Arts Initiative, Yosemite Museum Gallery, several Washoe Co. libraries, North Tahoe Art Gallery, Prism Art Gallery in Minden, Sheppard Gallery, Getchell Library, Truckee Meadows Community College, Bristlecone Gallery at Western NV Community College, Wilbur D. May Museum, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, SUP Cafe, Raymond James Financial Services, Nevada Artist Association Gallery, Midtown Reno during Artown Downtown, and Art Doors sponsored by Doors to Recovery.