I feel I came of age as a painter in large part because of the workshops offered there 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.