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. Ten percent of my gross sales, as well as some artwork, is donated to animal charities/rescue groups to help with fundraising. Visit the tab “Giving Back” for information on donations made last year.
I am a member of HeARTS Speak, an international group of artists whose mission is to give animals a unified voice through art, the Ashland Gallery Association, Art & Soul Gallery, and Rogue Women (a local artist group), and a Board Member for Sanctuary One, a local non-profit care farm. I am also the proud mother of four former shelter dogs and two rescued bunnies, which takes up a large chunk of my non-painting time.
My studio – on a clean day!
Contributing Artist – Paws for Charity Magazine, “Out of the Rat Race”, March
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