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 to be 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 in Baker NV. I will be completing a number of paintings, and will donate a painting to Great Basin National Park.
To counter balance my love for wilderness areas, I also create collages, utilizing vintage children’s book illustrations and text. My themes express various social issues. One finished piece is “Friendly Fallout”. The idea originated from a book I read with the same name by Ann Ronald, and deals with different vignettes of the impact of atomic testing in the Nevada desert in the 1950’s. My first collage that started all of this is titled “Angst” combining Nevada gaming and loss of family income and childhood dangers (like stranger danger). I also have a piece entitled “Buried Words” that highlights the navigation we experience as we weigh our words in our highly charged society. I am working in collaboration with a fellow artist to display our mixed media pieces in an exhibit the summer of 2022.
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 elementary academic/art teacher in grades 4th through 6th grade in a private school 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.