"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe

About Me

I grew up in Charleston, SC, unaware as a child that I was surrounded by beauty.  Well, except when the azaleas bloomed—who can mistake that—or when I walked along The Battery—or saw the marshes turn green in spring—or rode down a road lined with oaks and Spanish moss dripping from the branches.  As I've gotten older, I realize it is a blessing to live in a beautiful place.

When I was a senior in high school my AP history teacher showed my class a 16th century portrait and asked us what the painting told us about that time and people.  It told me more than I could ever read.  It, for me, was an experience with an unknown woman from long ago and far away. It was the first time I realized how profound and transcendental art could be.   In college, I emphasized art history in my humanities studies.  I received a BA in 1983, and then a MA in 1986, from Brigham Young University.  Since then I have had the opportunity to travel the world (my husband is in the US Army) and see first-hand many great works of art.  Each time I look at a beautiful piece, I marvel that it has the power to communicate to me through line and color created in another time and another place.  

After my first child left home in 2004, I decided to take up painting and see if I could put paint on canvas and make something worth looking at.  I continued to dabble at painting when I had time, but now that I have just sent my last child off to college, I’ve set up a studio in my basement, and it is my vocation.

 Currently, I am living in Leavenworth, KS, where I think it is beautiful.