Beautiful Montana is home.
What do you make?
I make visual art in a wide variety of mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen and gold leaf.
Where do you create?
I create in my happy home studio.
What else have you done, other than being an artist?
Apart from art I have worked in retail, been a tennis instructor, a photographer, and done freelance design and branding work. Years ago I never dreamed that I could have a career in art, but I have been pleasantly surprised and blessed by this career path.
What inspires you?
People and creation move me deeply and inspire me to create. Often it is little things that will stand out to me and inspire me to make something new. I love having the opportunity
What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
The time spent trying to explain to people how it is possible to have a real career in art.
How do you combat creative blocks?
Following intuition is key to the creative process, so if I feel a creative block coming on, I immediately take a break instead of trying to force the process ( I find my work suffers otherwise). Reading, journaling, imagining and viewing other art of any form- music, movies, poetry- helps to move my mind. Also, fresh air. I can never complain after time spent outdoors.
What makes you feel alive?
I feel alive when I am outdoors- and though I wouldn't turn down a day outdoors just about anywhere- the mountains are by far my favorite landscape. For me, there is nothing quite like the fresh air in my lungs, a beautiful carpet of trees surrounding me, animals playing amidst the forest, and towering mountains standing on all sides. I love exploring, taking photos, hiking, biking, snowboarding, or just sitting appreciating it all.
Who (or what or where) warms your heart?
My husband, my rabbit MooMoo, family, friends, laughter, and the great outdoors.