I feel I came of age as a painter in large part because of the workshops offered in Helper,UT by Paul Davis, Dave Dornan and Tony Smith. Their tutelage, close observation, working directly from life and paint that has a life of its own separate from the image is the basis of my approach to my work. I also think Helper itself, the town and its surroundings, informed and influenced what I want to paint. The landscape there is not scenic in the traditional sense. But I love its quiet beauty and unspectacular dignity.
I am a native Utahn and a grateful graduate of the University of Utah. Overall a fairly normal person, I have a nice husband, two grown children and a very handsome golden retriever who loves everything I do. When not painting, I enjoy tennis and anything outdoors.