Hello, thanks for visiting my website. I feel a sense of urgency to create. The times we live in can feel intense, and art captures fleeting moments, which while occurring, we cannot properly scrutinize or appreciate. An educator for over 20 years, I feel passionate about motivating others to analyze and engage in the world around them. I graduated from Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English with a Master of Arts degree in literature. Gripping words and phrases by great writers inspire my visual art; antithetically, there are times when the movement of the paint, the shape of the line, or the feeling of the color remind me of a memorable line or phrase.
A native to Ohio, I am extremely grateful to live in Santa Fe, NM now where it is impossible not to be inspired daily. When I am not creating, I am reading, hiking, biking, doing yoga, baking or spending time with my two remarkable daughters, and heroic husband.
In oil painting, my work is often said to be impressionistic. My paintings capture the natural landscape as well as the political landscape. I focus on the magic of a moment, of a color, or of a movement. I had my first show in 2018 and it was thrilling not only to share and sell my work, but also to meet so many compelling people. Since then, I have had my work represented in galleries in California and Arizona.
In illustration, I work with watercolor, ink and colored pencils. My images are inspired by Shakespeare and by my daughters. I have recently joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and my work is represented in NM's SCBWI monthly newsletter. I post my drawings daily on social media.
In writing, I have designed two picture book series. The series gives Shakespeare's words a new space and unlikely authors: children. The toddler book series uses Shakespeare's language as a catalyst for important stages in early childhood development such as object permanence and language development. The 5-7 year-old picture books imagine a world where the authors for some of Shakespeare's most intriguing lines and philosophies are discovered within the intimate dialogue between sisters. This series is character based and highlights the importance of words as well as play when making sense of the world. As a former high school teacher, I want to create teachable moments between a parent and child as they discover and rediscover Shakespeare in a different context.