As a life long resident, I happily live in the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia with my musician husband, our adorable toy Poodle, two Dobermans, a cat, a flock of breakfast laying hens and a small community of honey bees. We are blessed with our own little plot of land where the creek runs through and the wildlife have taken up residence.
Life is good.
I am a self taught artist who attempted my first painting after retirement from a thirty-two year career as a professional pet groomer followed by a six year stint in the professional music world.
A good example of the old adage, "It's never too late to start something new"!
Music has alway been very present in our home. Though I have never mastered playing an instrument, the violin led me to the opportunity to become involved in the business side of the music giving me the opportunity to work with, manage, and tour the United States and abroad with some amazingly talented, professional musicians. I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of presenters, venues, and music industry professionals all across the country.
I have always been a creative and had a love for the arts but just in recent years discovered that I had a talent for painting.
Being a passionate lover of animals, dogs in particular, it only made sense to begin there. I began painting pet portraits on canvas in acrylic, and though pet portraits are still high on my list, I have since added many more "favorite" subjects and mediums. I also love quick sketching in ink and watercolor and painting in oils has now taken a top spot.
I am a member of Beckley Art Center where I also teach classes and in 2018 became a juried Tamarack artist.
When not in my studio or out in the fresh air sketching or painting, I enjoy spending time with my husband and animals.
I love being in the outdoors in the woods, hiking, having adventures, and traveling as much as possible.