After departing a 20-year corporate career that left little free time, I decided to spend more time on the things that meant something to me – creating art and working with animals. I started volunteering at our local animal shelter (acquiring a few more dogs in the process) and I got serious about oil painting! I wasn’t inspired painting people or landscapes, so I started to focus on animals – and I haven’t looked back. Animals do the funniest things and are so expressive. Now I am completely focused on animal art – mainly shelter/rescue animals that inspire me and commissioned pet portraits – and I donate 10% of my sales to local animal charities/rescue groups.
In my free time, I continue to volunteer at our local animal shelter as a dog walker, and at Sanctuary One, a care farm in Jacksonville, OR. I am a member of HeARTs Speak, the Canine Art Guild, and the Ashland Gallery Association. I’m also the proud mother to four former shelter dogs – a Pit Bull, Smooth-Coated Border Collie, Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon, and my newest additions, two sweet bunnies from the shelter. Riley, my Pit Bull, and I are seen here in the photograph to the side.
My studio – on a clean day!
Contributing Artist – “1000 Dog Portraits, From the People Who Love Them”, curated by Robynne Rayne
Southern Oregon Living, Spring Issue – April
Contributing Artist – Paws for Charity 2014 Art Book
Contributing Artist – The Caterpillar Magazine, Premier Issue
Contributing Arist – Paws for Charity 2013 Art Book
Ashland Daily Tidings, Front Page “The Horses of Equamore” http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20130228%2FNEWS02%2F302280304#
Second Place Oils/Acrylics – Irving Arts National Wildlife Art Competition
Two Meritorious Entries – Richeson Animals, Wildlife and Bird Art Competition
Special Recognition Artist – Light Space Time International Animal Art Competition and Show
Contributing Artist – “Cat Sayings: Wit and Wisdom from the Whiskered Ones”, Bradford G. Wheler
Contributing Artist – Mural Painter for Extreme Home Makeover, Jackson County Edition
Contributung Artist – Ongoing Print Advertising for Sanctuary One
Gamblin Award for Excellence in Oils – Irving Arts Association National Fine Art Pet Portrait Competition and Show
Meritorious Entry – Richeson Animals, Wildlife and Bird Art Competition
Two Honorable Mention Entries – Richeson Small Works Competition
Top 3 Finalist – Dog Art Today/Mutt Lynch Winery Wine Label Competition